Thales and Ritek expand their radar collaboration
- Thales and Norwegian mechanical engineering company Ritek today announce their intention to collaborate on radar opportunities in Norway.
- The collaboration will increase the Norwegian footprint in the domain of radars and strengthens the development of an important SME in the defence value chain in Norway.
The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) signed an agreement with the Netherlands Defence Material Organisation (DMO) for five Thales Ground Master 200 multi-mission compact radars (GM200 MM/C) in May 2021. Ritek will perform the vehicle integration of the counter-battery radars.
Thales has 300 employees in Norway, that delivers high grade communication technology to both Norway, NATO and our allies, as well as a variety of services and technology solutions, including transport, secure communication, passports, ID-cards, and defence technology.
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- Ground Master 200 Multi Mission Family
The Ground Master 200 Multi Mission family (GM200 MM) is the new generation of Thales’ medium range ground radar including Thales 4D AESA technology. It benefits from Thales GM200 and NS100/200 technology background and many years fielded experience of more than 20 user groups.
The GM200 MM exists in two different mobile versions: The Ground Master 200 Multi Mission “all in one” (GM200 MM/A) targeting mainly Air Surveillance as well as GBAD operations (up to low level MRAD). It maintains the well-known GM200 integrated C2 shelter and facilitates space for the radar mast to gain elevation for low-level air surveillance and two operators on board.
The Ground Master 200 Multi Mission “compact” version (GM200 MM/C) is a pallet version offering higher tactical mobility and quicker deployment, as well as specific mission capabilities such as artillery Counter Battery and Weapon Locating. It also suits well VSHOR/SHORAD missions as its GM200 MM/A brother. Both versions are easy to transport, optimized for network centric remote operations, and ultimately save time in planning, training and operation.
- 4D AESA family
Thales’ scalable and upgradable antenna architecture is the core of Thales’ new medium- and long-range 4D AESA radar family (NS50, NS100/200, GM200 MM, SMART-L MM / F, Sea Fire and Ground Fire).
The fully digital & software-defined 4D AESA radar technology offers upgrade capacity over the whole life cycle to permanently maintain the tailored operational capability against evolving threats, including enhanced tracking & classification performance.
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.
Ritek is a former depot level military workshop based in Levanger Norway. Today Ritek is a part of SES37, a Scandinavian group of companies. Ritek is a recognized partner for international defence industry as well as a partner to support the Norwegian Armed Forces with a variety of services. Ritek’s core business is Maintenance Services, Logistic Support, Mechanical Assembly, Retrofit work, Test and Verification and integration services on civilian and military heavy vehicles and equipment. Ritek is currently expanding it’s production capacity to meet the needs from signed contracts as well growth opportunities in the defence market.