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TRS-4D radar finishes factory acceptance test

14th November 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Factory acceptance testing for the TRS-4D naval radar built for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21 has been completed, clearing the way for installation on board the vessel to begin.

Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security is under contract with Freedom-variant LCS prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, to provide TRS-4D naval radars for the LCS programme.

The TRS-4D radar for LCS is a rotating version of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel TRS-4D radar currently going aboard the German F-125 class frigates. It combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks. The radar's AESA technology delivers increased sensitivity to detect smaller targets with greater accuracy, as well as faster track generation to give LCS more time to react to advanced threats and support enhanced weapons systems.

Airbus Defense and Space radars have been aboard LCS since the programme's inception, with the TRS-4D's predecessor, the AN/SPS-75 radar, installed on each Freedom variant LCS from LCS 1 through LCS 15.

TRS-4D radars for LCS 17 and LCS 19 have already been delivered.

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