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Thales purchases 12 short-range ground mission radars from Weibel Scientific for a Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) solution - strengthening Thales ties with Danish defence industry

  • Only four months after signing a cooperation agreement, Thales and Weibel Scientific consolidate their collaboration with a contract for 12 Weibel Doppler XENTA family short-range ground based mission radars.
  • The combination of Thales’ international leading radar position, with the highly advanced Weibel Doppler superior radar capabilities, brings to the market a best-in-class radar portfolio within the advanced Thales Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) offering.
  • Thales continues to reinforce its bonds with the Danish defence industry and fulfil the company commitment to invest locally through industrial partnerships.

From left Christophe Salomon, Executive Vice President, Land and Air Systems, Thales and 
Frode Scott Nilsen, CEO of Weibel Scientific

Thales and Weibel Scientific, a Danish advanced doppler radar manufacturer, signed a contract, for the acquisition of 12 Weibel Xenta short-range ground mission radars for a GBAD solution within the Thales radar portfolio. The contract cements the relationship between the two companies only four months after signing a cooperation agreement at the Danish Embassy in Paris.

The increasing variety of air threats is challenging airspace sovereignty and air defence more than ever. Having a proven layered architecture for defence helps protect against complex, emerging threats such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), which are becoming ubiquitous to theatres of operations, presenting a new range of challenges for detection. The advanced Thales GBAD solution offers a bubble of protection for short, mid and long-range, with excellent detection capabilities.

Leveraging on Thales’ international experience, full digital radar technology, expertise in various bands and leading provider of defence mission solutions, this cooperation will benefit clients with a top class ground based short-range solution with outstanding CUAV performances. In particular, this common offer cements the partnership between the two companies for the future Danish GBAD proposal ensuring maximum value for the Danish Armed Forces and the Danish defence industry, with a proven and leading turnkey solution.

The new contract sets another milestone for the European commercial relations between the Danish and French defence industry, and underlines Thales’ commitment to invest locally through industrial partnerships and collaborations.

"It is at the core of Thales strategy to work together with local industry players and engage in local markets. The new contract strengthens the cooperation between Weibel and Thales, positioning both companies for future opportunities, reinforcing close collaboration and ties between the Danish and French defence industry,” says Tommy Ayouty, CEO Thales in Denmark.
"It is at the core of Thales strategy to work together with local industry players and engage in local markets. This contract consolidates our cooperation agreement and strategy to deliver the best performance in our ground based short-range radar portfolio, to jointly develop opportunities and as a leading provider of defence mission solutions, provide our customers with cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of today and tomorrow” Christophe Salomon, Executive Vice President, Land and Air Systems, Thales.
”This contract illustrates the value and strength of our partnership. Thales and Weibel Scientific are a great match because our highly advanced and specialized radar technology compliments Thales vast portfolio, perfectly. With this contract, our ambition of becoming the number one radar supplier within Short Range Air Defence and Counter UAS is one step closer to fruition,” says Frode Scott Nilsen, CEO of Weibel Scientific.
About Thales
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defence, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020 the Group generated sales of €17 billion.
About Weibel Scientific
Danish Weibel Scientific is the global leader in the market for advanced Doppler radar systems. For more than 40 years, Weibel has sold cutting-edge radars around the world for use in space, aerospace, defense and missile defense systems. The company has delivered more than 5,000 radars to more than 40 countries. On a daily basis, Weibel radars are used to protect lives and assist on ground, at sea, in air, and in space. The core of Weibel’s products is the high quality data derived from advanced digital signal processing of radar data from its triple wave form Doppler radars. Latest, the 3D Digital Array technology combined with machine learning propels Weibel’s XENTA C-UAS and SHORAD radar family into a new realm beyond traditional radar systems, where even very small drones can be detected, tracked and classified at ranges never seen before. Weibel continues to push the laws of physics to develop and deliver tip of the spear Doppler radars to users all over the globe.
Anne-Sophie Malot, Defence Aerospace
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