Approach Radar Upgrade
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Thales is providing the next generation of primary and secondary approach radars, STAR NG and RSM NG to renew the fleet of approach radars for French air and naval bases under a new contract announced by France’s Ministry of Defense. According to an April announcement from Thales, the Ministry of Defense Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has launched stage 5 of the modernization program with the replacement of fixed and mobile radars and renewal of the command and control air-defense system.
Among multiple activities this contract will provide French Air forces with a high performing air surveillance solution from best in class Thales civilian radar portfolio adapted to operate in military environment.
Recent innovations on the co-mounted primary STAR NG and secondary RSM-NG, include a meta-sensor radar, as well as the renewal of its entire portfolio of radars less than three years ago. Upgrades and new design include a family of radars with higher performances, especially for precision and detection, development of new features such as electronic protection measures, 3D/altimetry, detection of low/zero speed aircrafts (such as helicopters), high speed/high maneuverability aircrafts (such as fighters) or merging traditional Mode S with ADS-B detection to enhance sensor performance.
“Thales is pleased to contribute to strengthening air detection capabilities with the provision of STAR NG and RSM NG primary and secondary radars,” said Lionel de Castellane, Vice President Civil Radars Segment, Thales. “The contract demonstrates the flexibility of Thales products to match civilian as well military needs, reinforcing dual usage option offered by Thales solutions: STAR NG, RSM NG and TRAC NG represent reference products with more than 1000 radars deployed in the world, certain of which are already in use in military environments.”
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