TRS-4D radar to equip Freedom Variant LCS
The US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme's adaptable Freedom variant ships will be equipped with the Airbus Defense and Space (D&S) TRS-4D naval radar, it was announced on 28 October.
Beginning with LCS 17, the TRS-4D radar will provide advanced surveillance, target acquisition, self-defence, gunfire support and aircraft control capabilities.
TRS-4D is a rotating version of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel TRS-4D radar going aboard the German F-125 class ships. It combines multiple capabilities in a single, reliable radar to quickly generate target tracks, and is programmable to detect smaller targets with greater accuracy and faster track generation to increase ships' reaction time.
Mike Cosentino, president, Airbus D&S, said: ‘Superior performance and adaptability for the future are key characteristics of the TRS-4D radar. It supports LCS to affordably meet current threats and can be adapted to change over the service life of the ship. Its characteristics are an excellent match for the environments LCS will face.’
The radars will be supplied through the Freedom variant LCS prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
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