The frigate was deployed to the Gulf of Aden as part of NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield to prevent vessels from being hijacked and their crews being taken hostage. It returned to Denmark on Thursday, 23 May.
According to the Royal Danish Navy, the boarding teams of IVER HUITFELDT during the operation in total visited 113 ships and minor vessels. The crew was in contact with 666 merchant vessels to advise them about the risk of attack from pirates in the region. Above all, two Danes and four Filipinos, who were held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, were released and rescued aboard IVER HUITFELDT.
The SCANTER 6000 radar was installed and prepared for operation on the frigate in late 2011.
The main task of the SCANTER 6000 radar is to serve as a multi-role sensor system to meet requirements for tactical surface surveillance, search and rescue, and helicopter control.
It is a coherent X-band 2D solid state radar developed by Terma to address market requirements for improved surface and low airspace situational awareness. It has been specifically designed as an affordable all-weather sensor solution to plug the gap between standard marine navigation radars and more expensive military surveillance radar systems.
The SCANTER 6000 delivers exceptional resolution through the application of advanced hardware design and intelligent processing. The result is a state-of-the-art radar sensor that overcomes the limitations of previous generation radars so as to reliably detect very small targets in high sea and weather clutter backgrounds.
In addition, the SCANTER 6000 is the only radar in its class capable of providing simultaneous small target detection, helicopter guidance, and large and small target detection at close and maximum range. Furthermore, it maintains exceptional performance against non-cooperative targets in harsh weather.
Due to their unique ability to detect small targets at large distances under severe weather conditions, Terma radars are in high demand in the fight against smugglers, illegal immigrants, pirates, terrorists, and other illegal activities.
Terma's SCANTER 6000 naval surveillance radar is already installed on the U.S. Navy's Stiletto vessel and installed on the French navy’s cutting edge Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “L’Adroit”. The advanced naval radar is also supplied to the navies of Germany and UAE and for new OPV programs as well as update programs.
Previously, Terma has supplied radar systems for the Danish Navy vessels. The deliveries comprise the SCANTER 2001 for the ABSALON Class and the SCANTER 4100 which has been installed on the OPV of the »KNUD RASMUSSEN« class. In 2012, the DALO ordered the SCANTER 4100 for the four OPVs of The THETIS class as part of a midlife update program.
Source: Terma A/S
Date: Jun 28, 2013