Thales above-water combat systems and radars meet a wide range of needs, from maritime security operations to combat operations. These mission system solutions perform maritime security operations, surveillance, command and combat functions and support weapon systems from both US and European manufacturers.
Thales equips the MKS180/F126
Thales’s Mission and Combat System will equip the four F126 class frigates contracted by the German Navy.
Combat management systems
Thales offers a complete range of domain oriented solutions for safety, littoral security, ocean security, point defence, local and wide area defence. The Mission Solutions for ships that operate in the maritime safety and security domain and/or in the defence domain with low intensity conflicts are standardized and pre-integrated. This makes them cost-effective, easy to install, easy to operate and considerably reduces delivery times.
Tacticos is famous for its reliability and its ability to integrate virtually every sensor and effector. Its massive installed base and the unparalleled track record of integration have ensured a continuous evolution. Its solid legacy has made it the world’s most successful combat management system in service with navies on all continents.
Commander C3 is Thales’ Marine Command, Control, and Communications System for non-Combatant applications. It provides seamless near real-time sharing of the Common Operating Picture (contact data, messages, and geo-referenced map overlays) between vessels, helicopters, and shore installations. Commander C3 also provides gateway interfaces to achieve interoperability with major naval data link standards. The system is ideal for both civilian and military users who require an effective, affordable solution to address the technical and interoperability challenges associated with co-operation and co-ordination of various maritime agencies.
Thales is the leading supplier of multi-function radar systems.
APAR Bl2 is the world’s first AESA type radar; its performance has been proven in many live firings trials, with the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and Standard Missile. APAR is operational on the Anti Air Warfare frigates of the Netherlands, Germany & Danish Navies. APAR Blk2 is the new X-band multi-function radar and successor of the proven APAR, the first naval AESA radar. With true digital beam forming and gallium nitride amplifiers, it defends in the highest threat scenarios against the latest evolving threats.
The SEA FIRE is a fully digital AESA multifunction radar, equipped with four fixed antenna panels, supporting the ships’ simultaneous defence against threats ranging from conventional to asymmetric or hyper-velocity & highly-maneuvering. It brings moderate size frigates the power & performance of destroyers dedicated to extended air defence with advanced surveillance and fire control capabilities.
Integrated Sensors: I-Mast
Thales has developed the I Mast family of integrated modular masts. An Integrated Mast houses several radar systems, communication antennas, optronic sensors, IFF antenna, satellite dish, etc. in one single structure.
The Royal Netherlands Navy has selected the Integrated Mast IM 400 for its four Holland class offshore patrol ships and the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman.
The advantages of an Integrated Mast include reduced ship-building times, increased performance, easier maintenance and lower lifecycle costs. The size and configuration of an Integrated Mast can be customized depending on platform and mission requirements.
Many navies face a new operational paradigm that requires the detection of a wide variety of objects in a complex above-water environment. This situation presents a difficult problem for the operational practitioner and the radar designer alike. While high-speed manoeuvring targets demand the earliest detection. Resulting in a short observation time, slow air and surface targets masked in heavy clutter require a longer observation time.
Presenting a solution to this dilemma, Thales has developed the next generation radar systems, purpose-designed to meet 21st century mission needs: dual-axis multi-beam radar. This innovative technology is founded on the flexibility, resolution and accuracy afforded by fully digitised active electronically scanned array (AESA) techniques.
4D means accurate and instantaneous indication of azimuth, range, elevation and radial velocity. Accurate measurement of velocity enables the prioritisation of high-speed threats such as anti-ship missiles. Just as important, Doppler measurement provides for the discrimination of low speed/low RCS objects in dense clutter. Furthermore, digital dual-axis multi-beam AESA confers an inherent capability for agile look forward/look back beam steering, enabling rapid track initiation and higher track update rates.
Thales’s range of 4D dual-axis multi-beam AESA radars includes NS50, NS100, NS200, SM400 and Europe's first fully digital L-band radar SMART-L MM/N.
In addition to the excellent fire control capabilities of the APAR and SEAFIREradars, Thales presents various dedicated fire control sensors. The latest member in the large STIR family is STIR1.2 EO Mk2. Combining radar technology with optronics, this sensor is operational in many modern navies. Mirador Mk2 is a full 100% optronic fire control sensor. It offers impressive performance as well as the usual advantages a passive sensor has over a conventional radar. One of our latest developments is the Pharos Multi Target Tracking Radar, capable of Guided Ammunition control.
Ballistic Missile Defence
Thales is realizing the contract with the Royal Netherlands Navy to exchange the SMART-L radar on board of the De Zeven Provinciën class ships for the new SMART-L MM/N radar. At present HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën is the first ship to have received the new radar; the other three ships in the class will receive theSMART-L MM/N according to the time schedule. The new SMART-L MM/N has an impressive range: up to 2000 km. With the same high resolution as the original version, SMART-L MM/N provides the user with true ballistic missile defence capabilities.
In October 2015 HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, equipped with a prototype of the new SMART-L MM/N, participated in the At Sea Demo organized by the Maritime Tactical Ballistic Defence Forum, off the coast of Scotland. The Thales radar successfully tracked an outer-atmosphere ballistic missile travelling at 7000 km/h and provided real-time cueing information to a US destroyer that launched a SM-3 to destroy the threat. Simultaneously, SMART-L MM/N engaged and tracked two anti-ship cruise missiles that attacked two ships in the squadron. Two years later, an updated demo version repeated this phenomenal achievement in Formidable Shield. The first SMART-L MM/N that was on the test tower at the Thales site in Hengelo was able to witness the event that took place in the Atlantic Ocean off the Hebrides.
Electronic Warfare Systems
Thales EWS customers use its multispectral electronic warfare solutions to detect the enemy well before the enemy can detect them, to optimise tactical situation analysis and to gather critical intelligence. As for its entire range of solutions, Thales EWS leverages systems developed for the latest-generation platforms (in the case of EWS Type 45, Horizon, FREMM, etc.), with the capacity for upgrading solutions for warships already in service.
Thales on-board EWS solutions can be used as stand-alone systems with their own operator interfaces, or they can be integrated into a wide variety of combat management systems. They can also be interfaced to multi-function consoles. Features include modularity, extended frequency ranges, channelized receivers, on-board training systems and intrapulse analysis – available on any system and compatible with widely used commercial, off-the-shelf technologies. This means simply that Thales EWS solutions are effective from day one with any legacy systems and have the capacity of evolving with the needs of each vessel.
Key EWS products include Radar Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM, e.g. Vigile), Radar Electronic Countermeasures (R-ECM, e.g. Scorpion 2), active and passive decoy systems, and complete EWS suites.
Thales EWS solutions achieve their effectiveness and high performance because they are reinforced by the Electronic Warfare Operational Support, which handles the reference classification on the ground, keeps it updated on a permanent basis and distributes the data to on-board platforms, guaranteeing higher quality intercept classification and leading to the most appropriate counteraction against threats.
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