New Generation of Terma Radar Selected for Charles de Gaulle

Terma has been contracted by French navy ship builder DCNS to supply two SCANTER radars of the type 6000 to the French Navy carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91). It is the largest Western European warship and the tenth French aircraft carrier, commissioned in 2001.

The main task of the SCANTER radars as part of total radar suite aboard the carrier is to serve as a multi-role sensor system to meet requirements for navigation and tactical surface and air surveillance, Search & Rescue, and helicopter control.

Terma has previously delivered and installed the SCANTER 6000 on the French navy’s cutting edge Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “L’Adroit”.

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The SCANTER 6000 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 radar 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.

Besides L’Adroit, Terma's SCANTER 6000 naval surveillance radar is installed on the U.S. Navy's Stiletto vessel and on the Danish Navy’s Frigate IVER HUITFELDT. It is also supplied to the navies of Germany and UAE and for new OPV programs as well as update programs.

For the French Fregate Europeenne Multi-Missions (FREMM) program, Terma was selected in 2007 as supplier of the SCANTER 2001 for the initial seven vessels of the FREMM program. A follow-on contract was signed in July 2012 for the following four vessels. The SCANTER 2001 radars were selected because of their high-tech quality and performance.

Source: Terma A/S
Date: Oct 29, 2014