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Thales’ NS100 radar selected by the Netherlands

18th December 2014 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Thales will supply its NS100 dual-axis multi-beam surveillance radar to the Royal Netherlands Navy under a contract with the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) announced on 17 December.

The NS100 radar will replace the DA08 radar system onboard the Royal Netherlands Navy’s HNLMS Rotterdam, enhancing surveillance capabilities and streamlining logistics processes across the navy’s fleet, with many vessels already equipped with Thales AESA radars.

The NS100 system’s AESA technology enables a 3D cue to be given to both Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems on the ship.

The NS100 S-band radar incorporates a Thales IFF mode 5/S subsystem, and uses dual-axis multi-beam technology to significantly enhance situational awareness in a littoral environment. In addition to the S-band radar, the system is designed to include the Scout Mk3 FMCW radar, the IFF mode 5/S interrogator and transponder, an IR camera, AIS and ADS-B.

NS100 is a multi-sensor integrated platform. The highly modular and scalable NS100 enables a tailor-made sensor for customer specific requirements and operational profiles. Radar performance is increased by adding RX and TX Building Blocks, answering to the need set by a wide range of naval ships and missions. The flexible radar architecture enables through-life introduction of new capabilities.

Geert van der Molen, vice-president surface radar, Thales, said: ‘The NS100 radar confirms Thales’s leading position world-wide in naval radar systems. Its unique dual-axis multi-beam technology gives the user a definite advantage in modern-day missions. We are proud of this new member of our AESA radar family.’

The NS100 will be installed on HNLMS Rotterdam in the second semester of 2017, in line with the ship’s maintenance schedule.

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