Thales wins contract to develop strategic HF radio location system

Thales has been awarded a major contract by the defence ministry of a European country to develop a new high frequency (HF) radio location system. The contract will be implemented in phases over a 10-year period.

Under the agreement, Thales will replace several legacy high-frequency (HF) radio location systems with a single solution drawing on the latest technologies. Built around a network of TRC 6500 COMINT/DF* receivers, the new strategic system will comprise a fixed subsystem and a mobile subsystem, with several COMINT/DF receivers in each subsystem.

"We are delighted to have been selected to develop this new HF radio location system, which will significantly improve the operational efficiency of our customer's electronic intelligence capability," said Patrice Caine, VP for Thales's Radio Communication Products business. "The awarding of this contract  is a further endorsement of the quality of our range of radio spectrum interception and electronic warfare solutions."

The TRC 6500 COMINT/DF receiver provides geolocation data on all types of radio emissions in the HF band(1-30 MHz) as well as simultaneous signal interception, classification and monitoring. With its modular, scalable architecture, advanced antenna processing, high-resolution direction finding and Single Site Locating (SSL) technology, the TRC 6500 meets the most demanding COMINT requirements. The same receiver is the baseline product for ARAMIS, the complete HF radio interception and location solution now available from Thales.

Several other nations in Europe, Africa and elsewhere have already selected the Thales TRC 6500 receiver for their HF radio interception and location needs.

* Communications Intelligence/Direction Finding

Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: Apr 5, 2012