Creating sufficient battlespace
To ensure survivability in this environment, naval radar solutions must be able to create sufficient battlespace reaction time for a robust detect-to-engage chain. In other words: detect, track and classify incoming targets quick enough (“First Time Right!”) so that every threat can be timely neutralized with effectors such as surface-to-air missiles, gunfire or soft-kill countermeasures.
Naval radar must be able to do this under all clutter and ducting conditions, in the face of severe jamming and without increasing the false alarm rate. This is especially true at low elevation, where potentially the most lethal of threats will be. These can be either extremely fast (supersonic or even hypersonic intelligent missiles) or extremely slow (drones, drifting mines or the periscope of a lurking submarine). They can be stealthy, agile, and perform coordinated (swarm) saturation attacks under heavy jamming conditions. These threats will be very real, so navies should not compromise on requirements.
Proven Fixed Panel Radar to Ensure Robustness
Facing such a complex threat set, a rotating volume search radar solution cannot be relied upon to deliver the necessary battlespace awareness. Next-generation naval ships which operate in the complex threat scenarios must have a fixed panel AESA radar system to ensure robust surveillance & tracking performance.
Thales fully proven S-band four-face, fixed panel solution, the baseline of which has been in front line operational service with the Royal Netherlands Navy since 2012, has met or exceeded the requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Taking this proven technology one step further, Thales has introduced into it the very latest iteration of AESA technology, which is a generation ahead of competitor AESA solutions and which is also already at sea in the NS100-series of surveillance radars. This world-beating “AESA 2.0” provides truly unrestricted flexibility in beam forming and beam steering, thanks to its dual-axis multi-beam scanning and fully digital front end technology. The software-defined growth potential this provides will keep the radar suite operationally relevant throughout its lifetime.