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Thales to maintain France, Italy and UK’s long-range radars

24th January 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


The S1850M radar used by Italy, France and the UK is based on Thales' Smart-L system. (Photo: UK MoD/ Crown Copyright)

A new OCCAR contract will support the three countries' Smart-L naval surveillance radars installed on destroyers for up to five years.

Thales, through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), will provide maintenance and support for the UK, Italy and France’s Smart-L-derived radars over three years.

The contract, with an option for an additional two years, supports operation of long-range S1850M radars of the UK’s Daring-class Type 45 destroyers and France and Italy’s Horizon-class destroyers.

Based on the Smart-L volume search radar, the S1850 3D multibeam radar is designed to provide long-range air and surface surveillance and target designation.

Offering fully automatic detection and track initiation, the radar is ballistic missile defence capable, tracking up to 1,000 air

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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