New Naval Sensor Can Track Supersonic Missiles
A new naval sensor designed to track advanced weapons including supersonic missiles has entered the production process. The Sea Fire digital radar, manufactured by Thales for the
French Navy’s FTI (Frigates of intermediate size) future medium-size frigates program, is tailored to evolving requirements and the new threats faced by the French Navy, particularly supersonic missiles, according to Thales’ statement. In fact, the radar can be embarked on all types of vessels, from the corvette to the destroyer, including the frigate.
As reported by c4isrnet.com, the sensor is built to track conventional, asymmetric and emerging air and surface threats. It is designed for roles ranging from ship self-defense to extended air defense.
The company started building the four-panel phased array antenna after three years of research into radar technology and architecture, backed by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office, the company said. The radar draws on work on big data and cybersecurity, and future software development will be written into the system to boost performance and reliability over the life of the system.