Defence and Thales develop joint airborne radar system

Defence and Thales develop joint airborne radar system

Thales and the Ministry of Defence, in particular the Royal Netherlands Army (KL), have jointly developed the new MMR radar system for air surveillance, security and defence. In this way the KL hopes to be prepared for current threats from the air, but also from weapon systems such as rockets, artillery and mortars.

Together with the KL, Thales has developed the Multi Mission Radar (MMR) for artillery, 3D air surveillance, air defense and security applications. The radar system meets all contemporary requirements for modern warfare and thus becomes the new eyes of the Dutch Armed Forces. The MMR is the latest addition to the Thales 4D AESA radar family, such as the NS100/ NS200/ SM400/ SMART-L MM and is designed for land applications.

Software defined system

Concretely, the radar system easily and in real time detects and registers the movements of weapon systems such as RAM, UAV/UAS, aircraft, helicopters and cruise missiles. In the role of counter battery, the MMR system can distinguish the different individual projectiles in an artillery or mortar salvo. The system is also fully automatic and capable of detecting, tracking and classifying a wide variety of air targets.

The MMR is software defined, which makes the system highly advanced and at the same time future-proof. By updating the software, the system can automatically adapt to new technological developments around weapon systems and keep pace with changes in missions and threats.

Very easy to use

The now presented radar system is also easy to set up and fully automated. Within two minutes, the radar will be installed and ready for use. Thanks to the application of the most modern technologies, the radar system is very mobile and transportable. This allows the system to be used for various types of missions. The MMR is part of the Ground Master 200 family and is internationally referred to as GM200 MM/C.

The KL will receive nine MMR radar systems in the coming years.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.