19 September 2014

Thales to Equip New Zealand's ANZAC Frigates with SMART-S MK2 Radar

19 September 2014


The SMART-S Mk 2 antenna is shown atop the foremast structure in this computer-generated image concept of a post-FSU ANZAC frigate. The layout shown in this rendering may change during the current preliminary design phase. (image : NZDF)

These medium-to-long range surveillance radars are to be installed on the two ANZAC class frigates operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy, in the scope of the ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade, performed by Lockheed Martin Canada. The first system is to be delivered early 2016, the second one early in 2017.

SMART-S Mk2 supports the full range of MBDA’s multi-mission missile, the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile as well as it being excellent price/performance value in the market. These elements were a key factor in Lockheed Martin Canada’s decision.

This contract marks yet another success for Thales‘s SMART-S Mk2, the world’s best-selling medium-to-long range naval surveillance radar. This radar has been sold well over 50 times, to navies on all continents. Geert van der Molen, Thales’s vice-president, in charge of Surface Radar activities: “SMART-S Mk2’s proven capability to support Evolved SeaSparrow Missile, Vertical Launch MICA, and now the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile sets the standard for 3D medium range radar market. It‘s no coincidence SMART-S Mk2 is the radar of choice for Navies around the world”.

SMART-S Mk2 is a modern naval air and surface surveillance radar that applies the unique multi-beam concept. Its high reliability and stealth target detection, even in cluttered environments, support long missions and operation in littoral environments. The SMART-S Mk2 is very easy to operate by only two fully automatic operational modes. Furthermore the SMART-S Mk2 is easy to install and integrate and easy to maintain.

(Thales)

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