Thales APAR aces Royal Danish Navy firing trials
The Royal Danish Navy’s HDMS Peter Willemoes has demonstrated its air defence capabilities using the Thales Active Phased Array Radar (APAR). The vessel performed live firing trials in November, which saw four Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles being successfully directed by APAR to four targets.
The trials, performed at the Missile Test Range off the Scottish coast in the Atlantic Ocean, saw all launched missiles performing a successful intercept.
In the first firing, a Banshee drone was successfully eliminated, with APAR guiding the missile to the target with ‘pinpoint accuracy’.
The next firing saw three Banshee drones launched simultaneously. APAR’s unique Interrupted Continuous Wave Illumination technology enables the simultaneous guidance of multiple missiles to various targets; as a result this test was also a success.
Gerben Edelijn, CEO, Thales Nederland, said: ‘This excellent result proves that Thales’ APAR and the unique technology are the standard in missile guidance.’
HDMS Peter Willemoes is one of the three Iver Huitfeldt class air defence frigates of the Royal Danish Navy. The vessels’ anti-warfare suite includes the Thales long range surveillance radar SMART-L in addition to the multi-function radar APAR.
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