The NS100 surveillance task is enhanced with new multi-mission capabilities such as swarm defence, anti-piracy, UAV control and weapon support for active missiles. These different types of targets put different requirements on the radar; fighter jets require long range, high diving missiles require elevation coverage, sea skimmers require fast reaction time, hovering helicopters require spectral information, UAVs are small and slow and require a good clutter suppression, etc. The NS100 detects this wide variety of targets in one single mode as one can never be certain of the type of threat encountered. This can be realised by introducing full digital beam-forming with Dual Axis Multi-beam processing and fully exploiting the AESA capability of forward and backward scanning.
Multi-sensor integrated solution
Besides the IFF interrogator antenna, the NS100 is designed to integrate a Scout Mk3 FMCW antenna, an IR-camera and AIS and ADS-B antennas and receiver. This multi-sensor integrated solution allows for a single mount position of multiple sensors and creates a higher level of integration on board the ship. Positioning all sensors on one platform at the best topside position optimizes the overall field of view and the sensor performance. Also issues concerning footprint and interference are solved by the multi-sensor integrated solution.
Highly scalable requirement driven performance
The performance of the NS100 can be scaled by adding transmit elements to meet the diverse requirements and operational needs of navies around the world. The same basic radar can be optimised for different ship classes, leading to fleet-wise logistic advantages. Furthermore, the flexible radar architecture enables through-life introduction of new capabilities thereby future proofing the radar.