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Oct 19 16 7:42 PM
Euronaval 2016: Thales unveils NS200 extended range radarRichard Scott, Paris, France - IHS Jane's Navy International18 October 2016 Thales Nederland has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar family known as the NS200. Source: ThalesKey Points :* NS200 builds on the NS100, but increases the number of transmit and receive modules, and uses more powerful GaN technology* A first-of-class radar has already commenced testingThales Nederland has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new member of its dual-axis multibeam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar familyKnown as the NS200, the new system builds on the existing NS100 E/F (S)-band rotating AESA radar but introduces new functionality and a higher power array in order to meet requirements for extended long range (ELR) performance. A production-standard first-of-class radar is being displayed at Euronaval 2016 having already been under test at Thales Nederland's Hengelo site.According to René de Jongh, Thales Nederland's director strategy and marketing, the launch of the NS200 represents a logical step for Thales, and was in fact planned when the company first invested in a new dual-axis multibeam radar family leveraging technology previously proven in Thales Nederland's SMART-S Mk 2 and the SMILE/Sea Master 400 E/F-band radars. "NS100 came first, but it was always our plan to follow this with a scaled-up 'big brother' incorporating additional features and functionality to meet the market need," he told IHS Jane's . "NS200 extends range out to 400 km, and offers a higher update rate and lower latency, which makes it particularly suited to anti-air warfare missions."In common with the NS100, the scaled up NS200 combines an electronically stabilised, mechanically rotating antenna with a single-face AESA able to generate beams simultaneously in both elevation and azimuth. AESA operation - allowing for the rapid electronic beam steering and 'forward' and 'backward' scanning - means that the scan rate is independent of the physical antenna rotation rate (fixed at 30 rpm independent of mode).The NS200 also retains the multi-sensor capability of the NS100, with the ability to integrate various sensors into the antenna housing.(335 of 797 words)
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Euronaval 2016: Spotlight on smaller naval sonars21st October 2016 - 12:22by Richard Thomas in Paris The ability for smaller warships and patrol vessels to have the ability to conduct meaningful sub-surface scanning was thrown into the spotlight during Euronaval, as Thales and Leonardo both showcased low-weight options.While the high-end capabilities of the larger systems remain exclusive to larger frigates these stripped back variants enable lighter warships and OPVs some ASW and undersea detection capacity.Thales unveiled its Captas-4 Compact, a version of the Captas-4, which provides frigate-sized and smaller vessels with ASW capability ‘to support collaborative combat at sea’. The Captas family are arange of systems available for the naval domain.The new product is a compact, modular version of the Captas-4 four-ring sonar. It requires less room on board the vessel, due to its incorporation of an optimised deployment and recovery system for the towed array.The Captas-4 Compact delivers the same detection performance as Captas-4 with 20% weight reduction and a 50% smaller footprint. The sonar and delivery system weighs in at 23t and provides most of the larger systems detection parameters.In addition, the compact version can be containerised and moved from ship to ship depending on the need. Thales is proposing the compact version of the Captas-4 for the French Navy's FTI medium-size frigate programme.Speaking prior to the show, Thales officials said that costs of the new system had been kept ‘to a reasonable level’ with many of the functions already developed at sea. It would be made available in either an independent or dependent towed configuration. Interestingly, the US Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) will trial a sub variant of the Captas-4 that will have a lighter handling system but also provide all of the original versions capability.Leonardo, meanwhile, presented its new ATAS (pictured) sensor developed as part of the Italian fleet modernisation programme and will equip the Italian Navy’s new multipurpose patrol vessel (PPA).The system has an interlaced transmission mode meaning the operator has the ability to send out a pulse at long range and before the return also scan for shorter range contacts.‘It is capable in up to sea state five and can be fitted to OPVs, IPVs and smaller patrol vessels. There is export potential too and we have identified potential markets,’ said a Leonardo official.The system weighs in at 8t and provides detection and classification beyond the first oceanic convergence zone, which in the Atlantic Ocean is up to 40km in certain seasons. The production schedule is in line with the delivery of the first PPA in early 2020’s.As part of the Italian fleet regeneration programme seven PPA’s will be built in the coming years along with a landing helicopter dock vessel and a logistic support ship by Leonardo.The multipurpose patrol vessels, more light frigates in size, are undergoing late stage system and design work, and due to be in service by the end of the next decade.Thales also introduced a new naval radars at the show with its NS200, its latest dual-axis multi-beam radar. NS200 is the larger version of the NS100, which is in full series production. In addition to more transmit and receive modules, NS200 uses newer powerful Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, to provide a 400km range.The company stated that various navies have already expressed their interest in the NS200 radar.
Oct 23 16 1:13 AM
Elbit Systems Demonstrates from Paris How to Perform Operational Missions of its Seagull™ USV Platform, Sailing at Haifa Bay, Israel22.10.2016Paris, France-October 19, 2016. Elbit Systems demonstrated during Euronaval Exhibition, live, real-time control of its Seagull multi-mission Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) system. During the demonstration, the Seagull platform, sailing in the Haifa Bay, Israel, was not only controlled via Satellite Communication (SATCOM) but also performed operational missions, by using control consoles situated in the Elbit booth. Displayed capabilities included commanding vessel sailing using semi-autonomous sailing modes, EO/IR system operation, live display of forward looking sonar imagery and aft deck monitoring camera video display. The live demonstration illustrates Seagull system’s capability for beyond line-of-sight control in addition to the line of sight mode. Notes to editors :The Seagull (UAV), publicized earlier this year, is equipped with a Mine Counter Measures (MCM) capability facilitating, end-to-end mine hunting operations including detection, classification, localization, identification and neutralization of bottom, moored and drifting sea mines. The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability provides the navy with a significant tactical advantage by effectively deterring and threatening enemy submarines using an available asset with significantly lower risk. Featuring switchable, modular mission payload suites, Seagull can perform ASW and MCM, Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessels, mission control system and data links. Seagull offers navies a true force multiplier delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing risk to human life and dramatically cutting procurement and operating costs.
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SAAB TO DELIVER INTEGRATED COMBAT SYSTEM FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN REPLENISHMENT SHIPSPRESS RELEASE28 October 2016Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for the delivery of an integrated combat system for the two new Royal Australian Navy replenishment ships. The contract value is SEK 226 million. (approx. USD 25 million)The integrated combat system includes procurement of combat system equipment including the helicopter control radar and decoy system. Saab will also provide combat system engineering services including system design, integration and integrated logistic support.“Saab will deliver an integrated combat system based on the latest Saab 9LV Combat Management System. Thanks to system integration, Saab’s products can communicate seamlessly over different platforms, which means that resources can be utilised more efficiently,” says Thomas Kloos, head of business unit Combat Systems and C4I solutions within Saab business area Surveillance.The majority of the combat system engineering work will be undertaken in Adelaide with installation and acceptance testing of equipment to be completed in Spain.“As Australia’s most experienced combat system designer and integrator, Saab welcomes the continued investment in both the latest generation 9LV technology and our highly skilled combat system engineering team in Adelaide, South Australia,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.The Saab 9LV system is already in service with both the Anzac and Canberra Class ships and the selection of this capability for the two new replenishment ships further cements 9LV as the combat management system of choice for the Royal Australian Navy.For three decades, Saab Australia, which is part of Saab business area Surveillance, has successfully delivered and supported the Royal Australian Navy combat system capability. Saab’s commitment to technological innovation and advancement ensures world-leading capability for modern defence forces. Saab Australia’s local expertise and experience makes it the perfect combat system capability partner for the Royal Australian Navy, now and into the future.
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MattReloaded wrote:1) So far, these are the main parameters of HVP :* Length : 24.4 inches / 620 mm (see this post)* L/D : about 7 (see this post)* Diameter : 3.5 inches / 88.6 mm* In-Flight Mass : 23 lbs / 10.5 kg (see this post) * Sabot Mass : 8 lbs / 3.5 kg (see this post)2) Scaled-up to a diameter of 10 inches, these parameters become :* Length : 70.0 inches / 1.778 mm* L/D : about 7* Diameter : 10.0 inches / 254 mm* In-Flight Mass : 540 lbs / 245 kg* Sabot Mass : 180 lbs / 82 kgIf Zenmastur's estimates are accurate (see this post), then a propellant mass of about 450 lbs (M31A2 propellant) should produce a MV of 4,100 fps (1,250 mps) with a new gun.With the scaled-up HVP, a MV of 4,100 fps should produce a range of 60+ NM (i.e. more or less the medium-term NSFS threshold value).
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Anti-Naval ATACMS, 'Big' Swarming Breakthroughs from Strategic Capabilities OfficeBy: Aaron Mehta, October 28, 2016WASHINGTON — The Strategic Capabilities Office believes it can upgrade the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) weapon to allow it to strike moving targets on both land and water, Pentagon officials announced Friday. The program is under the purview of the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), which has also apparently advanced swarming drone technologies for both the air and sea domains, although details on just what that advancement is remains unclear. Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ forum on the third offset, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was the first to mention the ATACMS upgrade. “By integrating an existing seeker onto the front of the missile, they’re enabling it to hit moving targets, both on land and at sea,” Carter said. “With this capability, what was previously an Army surface-to-surface missile system can project power from coastal locations up to 300 kilometers into the maritime domain.” ATACMS is a long-range, surface-to-surface munition. Primarily used by the US Army, other customers include South Korea, Greece, Bahrain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, according to a Lockheed Martin fact sheet, which also claims 3,700 ATACMS missiles have been produced. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, later told reporters that the development is still in the experimental phase; “so what I think we will presumably put into the [fiscal 2018] budget is the early stage experimentation, the prototyping," he said. William Roper, the SCO head, clarified that the program has yet to be tested — but said he expects the upgrade, which involves adding a seeker to the missile, should be a fairly easy one. “I think you can all imagine we’re very likely to succeed on this because we have all the technologies on hand and it’s just a question of if we’re lucky and they’ll fit together, Frankenstein-style, or whether there is some peculiarity of the missile that makes integrating a seeker on it difficult,” Roper told reporters. He added that the program has been underway for more than a year and is probably still a year away from testing. How much that testing costs will depend on how many live shots the Army desires, Roper noted. He also acknowledged that the idea for the program was partly related to concerns about using weapons in GPS-denied locations. “Right now, GPS is a singular option for many of our weapons. In the future I want to try and make every weapon have multiple options to get to the end game, and having a seeker is a secondary way to do that aside from GPS,” he said. Swarming Development ? For several years, the Pentagon has emphasized swarming capabilities for unmanned systems as a major technological step forward. The SCO has focused on the technology, in part through its Perdix program, which features small, swarming unmanned systems launched from a fighter jet. As part of his speech, Carter teased a breakthrough in SCO’s research into swarming unmanned systems. “As some of you know, I created SCO in 2012 when I was deputy secretary of defense, and earlier this year, I lifted the veil on several of its projects that we’re investing in, such as the arsenal plane, a new anti-ship capability for the SM-6 missile, and swarming drones on the sea and in the air,” Carter said in his speech. “In fact, this technology took a large step forward this week. You’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come.” Kendall declined to comment further, as did a Pentagon spokesman. Roper himself described the swarming announcement as a “big step,” but said it is a “domain agnostic” development. But in his speech, Roper gave a hint as to why they may be staying mum at the moment. Asked how to deal with adversaries that are already trying to offset the third offset, Roper said the answer was simple — don’t let them know everything that is going on. “You just don’t talk about your best capabilities, plain and simple. So one of the things we have to remember, which we did well in the Cold War, is having a good balance about the capabilities we show to the world for deterrence” versus what is kept hidden, he said. “We are keeping our best ideas behind the door, and probably always will, because what we owe to our future operators is an unfair fight.” That is in comparison for why Carter decided to bring the ATACMS program, still in a fairly early stage, to light. With the Army program, Roper noted that several top officials, including Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and US Pacific Command head Adm. Harry Harris had expressed the belief that the Army need to be able to provide cross-domain fires in the future. “We thought enough senior leaders [were] saying this [so] it’s time to show this isn’t just a theoretical idea,” Roper said. “It’s something we can potentially get to quickly with what we already have.”
Nov 8 16 12:32 AM
New Warship’s Big Guns Have No BulletsBy: Christopher P. Cavas, November 6, 2016WASHINGTON — Barely two weeks after the US Navy commissioned its newest and most futuristic warship, armed with two huge guns that can hit targets 80 miles away, the service is moving to cancel the projectiles for the guns, citing excessive costs that run up to $800,000 per round or more. The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) is a guided precision munition that is key to the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class’s mission as a land-attack destroyer, able to hit targets with such accuracy that, in the words of manufacturer Lockheed Martin, can “defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage.” The LRLAP is the only munition designed to be fired from the DDG 1000’s Advanced Gun System (AGS), a 155mm/62-caliber gun with an automated magazine and handling system. Each of the three Zumwalts will carry two of the guns – the largest weapons to be designed for and fitted on a warship since World War II. But the LRLAP’s unit price has jumped steadily as the numbers of Zumwalt-class destroyers were cut. From a total of 28 ships, to seven, and finally to three, the class shrank and costs did not. “We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” said a Navy official familiar with the program. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.” Ironically, both the LRLAP and the AGS have had good reputations among the ten major technology development areas that make up the DDG 1000. The Navy official noted there were no significant performance issues with the systems.“Not that I’ve ever heard. Everything seems to have been performing correctly. I never saw any test results that showed we had problems,” the official said. “We don’t have an issue with the gun, and no issue with that ship carrying the gun. We have an issue on the price point. “There is no blame on any individual,” the official added. “The round was working, the way forward was logical. It’s just that the cost with a three-ship buy became a very high cost.” Even at $800,000 a copy, the LRLAP’s price could go higher. “That’s probably low,” the Navy official said. “That’s what the acquisition community wanted to get it down to.” The official added that there was no sense the contractor was “overcharging or anything.” The decision to accept the LRLAP cancellation is part of the Program Objective Memorandum 2018 (POM18) effort, the Pentagon’s annual budget process. Although the Navy made a presentation to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on Nov. 2, the decision has yet to be signed off on. For the record, the Navy would not comment directly on the effort to kill LRLAP. “The Navy continuously monitors the gun and ammunition industry capability and capacities,” Capt. Thurraya Kent, spokesperson for the service’s acquisition directorate, said Nov. 4 in an e-mail. “To address evolving threats and mission requirements, the Navy is evaluating industry projectile solutions (including conventional and hyper-velocity projectiles) that can also meet the DDG 1000 deployment schedule and could potentially be used as an alternative to LRLAP for DDG 1000.” Officials at Lockheed Martin could not be reached in time to comment for this story. While LRLAP may be cancelled, the Navy intends to find another munition for the gun system. “We are looking at multiple different rounds for that gun,” the Navy official said, adding that “three or four different rounds” have been looked at, including the Army’s Excalibur munition from Raytheon, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP), a project under development by the Office of Naval Research and BAE Systems. “There are multiple companies that have looked at alternatives to get the cost down and use that delivery system,” the Navy official said. But the likelihood is that there will be no LRLAP replacement before the Zumwalt enters operational service. While the ship was commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore, Maryland, another 18 months of shipyard work lies ahead in San Diego to complete installation of the ship’s combat system. After that, the Navy will run an extensive series of Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in 2018 to fully prove out the ship’s sensors and weapons. Current plans call for the guns to be fired during CSSQT and, the Navy official said, “the intention is to shoot the guns.” The 2015 budget provided $113 million to buy 150 LRLAP rounds and associated items, and those rounds will be used for the tests. No funds for LRLAP acquisition were included in the 2016 or 2017 budgets. The latter included $51 million in 2018 for the program, but it’s not clear whether or not that money will be requested. While software changes will certainly be needed to incorporate other munitions into the AGS, adapting the handling system for a different round could be complex. The automated magazines, designed to hold 300 LRLAPs, are sized for that particular weapon and it’s unlikely another munition would have exactly the same dimensions. Other rounds under development for the 127mm guns arming all other US destroyers and cruisers could be adapted to the AGS, but would likely need a sabot arrangement to adapt the smaller shell to the 155mm weapon. While the Navy is stressing that high costs are directly behind the decision to eliminate LRLAP, it is not clear if there are deeper issues at play. The AGS/LRLAP combination was originally developed to provide Marines with a “persistent, precision fire support” capability, able to strike targets far inland with a high degree of accuracy. But as the Zumwalt moved from shipyard to sea and to the fleet, the Navy has notably downplayed that attribute, and while the technical achievement of the cutting-edge DDG 1000 has been widely trumpeted this year, its ability to directly support Marines ashore has not. There was no requirement for the AGS to strike seagoing targets, and the system does not have the programming to do so. But the big guns could be adapted to target ships if necessary, the Navy official said. “We would have to do the software modifications to make that work.”
Nov 8 16 10:02 PM
Navy Planning on Not Buying More LRLAP Rounds for Zumwalt ClassBy: Sam LaGroneNovember 7, 2016 1:14 PMThe Navy isn’t planning on buying the rocket assisted guided round designed for a key system in the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyer, a defense official confirmed to USNI News.As part of the Navy’s draft for its fiscal year 2018 budget, the service is planning to not purchase any more of the Long Range Land Attack-Projectiles for the Zumwalt-class past about 90 the Navy secured to use for testing on the three hulls.LRLAP, designed to be fired from the destroyer’s 155mm Advanced Gun Systems, was crafted to strike fixed land targets using GPS guidance at a range of more than 60 miles. LRLAP was set to aid deployed U.S. ground forces, giving a class of about 30 planned Zumwalts a naval surface fire support capability absent from the service since the Iowa-class battleships in the 1990s. However, when the class was trimmed to three hulls, the costs of the rounds the Navy would need went up.The price for an individual round is estimated to be $800,000 to $1 million — a full buy of the about 2,000 planned rounds for the three ships would be about $1.8 to 2 billion on the high end of the estimate, USNI News understands. In comparison a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile with a range of about 1,000 nautical miles costs about $1 million.Though LRLAP and AGS tested well, the price – about the cost of an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer – was deemed too costly and the Navy scrapped the planned buy, a defense official told USNI News.News of the LRLAP’s fate was first reported by Defense News on Sunday.In a Monday statement to USNI News, spokeswoman Capt. Thurraya Kent said, “to address evolving threats and mission requirements, the Navy is evaluating industry projectile solutions (including conventional and hyper-velocity projectiles) that can also meet the DDG-1000 deployment schedule and could potentially be used as an alternative to LRLAP for DDG-1000.”LRLAP developer Lockheed Martin told USNI News the company was ready to assist the service in a Monday statement.“As the DDG-1000’s mission continues to evolve, and taking into consideration funding profiles available to support the weaponization of the ship considering the severe reduction in the planned production quantities, the U.S. Navy decided to evaluate alternate solutions to LRLAP,” read the statement provided to USNI News.“Lockheed Martin is working aggressively to provide the Navy with options in relation to the DDG-1000’s long-range land attack mission.”However, the ease of adapting the BAE Systems-built AGS to a new round is unclear. The barrel of the AGS is specially designed to accommodate the LRLAP, then DDG-1000 program manager Rear Adm. Jim Downey told USNI News in May during a visit to USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000).“It’s a unique barrel for this ammunition. It’s a six-inch round designed with the turnings to allow the LRLAP to fly out of that barrel. There’s been some studies over the year that [indicate] that you could but you’d have to undertake a modification of the system,” he said.“It’s not impossible but you can’t directly fire [hyper velocity projectiles] out of that barrel without modifications.”Additionally, the ship has a cooling system built around the LRLAP rate of fire – 10 rounds-per-minute per gun, sustained — and there would also be changes to accommodate a new round in the ship’s Raytheon-built combat system.“There are studies to look at other rounds but none of that is in the program right now,” Downey said in May.According to the story in Defense News, the Office of the Secretary of Defense was briefed last week on the service’s decision.A 2009 Lockheed Martin oil painting of a Long Range Land Attack Projectile Strike from a Zumwalt by artisit Richard Thompson. Lockheed Martin Image Used With Permission
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Lockheed Martin’s First Modernized TACMS Missile Successfully Engages Target with Extreme AccuracyDALLAS, Nov. 9, 2016 – Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) first modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile completed a successful first flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.The missile was launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher at a target area more than 130 kilometers away, precisely hitting the target with a proximity sensor-enabled detonation. All test objectives were achieved.“This was a successful test that proves that the new Modernized TACMS retains the extreme precision this product line is known for,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With Modernized TACMS, we are taking existing missiles from inventory and giving our customer an essentially new missile.” As part of the U.S. Army’s TACMS Service Life Extension Program inventory refurbishment effort, the modernized missile includes updated guidance electronics, and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The missile was produced at the Lockheed Martin Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.The TACMS (formerly ATACMS) modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes previous-generation submunition warheads that do not comply with the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The modernization process also resets the missile’s 10+ year shelf life.Additionally, the TACMS platform provides flexibility to quickly integrate novel payloads and new capabilities as required by the warfighter.The modernized TACMS missile includes updated guidance electronics and added capability to defeat area targets.With unsurpassed performance and an unwavering commitment to production excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be fired from the entire family of MLRS launchers, including the lightweight HIMARS.
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Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. continues providing TRS-4D active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars to the Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)Programmable TRS-4D naval radars support improved LCS lethality, self-defense and situation awareness with upgraded capabilitiesHerndon, Virginia, 09 November 2016Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is under contract with its affiliate, Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, to provide TRS-4D naval radars for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program through Freedom-variant LCS prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. A factory acceptance test was recently completed for the radar planned to go aboard LCS 21. This follows the already planned installations of TRS-4D aboard LCS 17 and LCS 19.The TRS-4D radar for LCS is a rotating version of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel TRS-4D radar currently going aboard the German F-125 class frigates. It combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks. Airbus Defense and Space radars have been aboard LCS since the program’s inception, with the TRS-4D’s predecessor, the AN/SPS-75 radar, going aboard each Freedom Variant LCS from LCS 1 through LCS 15.System characteristics of the TRS-4D are an excellent match for the environment faced by LCS and its evolution to a frigate. The radar’s AESA technology delivers increased sensitivity to detect smaller targets with greater accuracy, as well as faster track generation to give LCS more time to react to advanced threats and support enhanced weapons systems.This software-defined radar is programmable, enabling the customer to define changes to radar characteristics to match future threats that evolve over the life of the ship. The ability to customize the characteristics of the TRS-4D helps enable LCS to evolve through its service life and adapt to evolving required operational capabilities and projected operational environments in an affordable manner.“The TRS-4D radar, with the superior performance of AESA technology, supports the LCS evolution to a frigate, meets current and future threats, and can readily be adapted to change over the service life of the ship,” said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.Combining multiple capabilities within a single radar is one way that TRS-4D contributes to the affordability of LCS. Employing state of the art AESA technology, the TRS-4D is a three-dimensional, multi-mode naval radar for surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support, and aircraft control. It automatically detects and tracks all types of air and sea targets, alleviating crew workload requirements. LCS affordability is further enhanced by the reliability of the TRS-4D’s solid state system design, keeping maintenance costs low and further contributing to lower LCS life cycle costs.Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for operating in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world. Through its innovative modular design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures in the near term, and adapt its capabilities for changing threats and scenarios that will occur over its service life.For the LCS program, Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has delivered all eight AN/SPS-75 radars on time and within budget and maintains this high standard for the TRS-4D, delivering all three TRS-4D radars on time and within budget.To learn more about the TRS-4D multi-mode naval radar system, visit us at the 2017 Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia (10-12 January 2017) and check our online information at http://northamerica.airbus-group.com/north-america/usa/Airbus-Defense-and-Space/TRS-4D/Overview.html
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