The Thales NS50 radar will equip the 12 next-generation mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV) for the Belgian and Dutch navies, the company announced on 20 January.
The NS50 provides a complete level of self-protection capability against air and surface threats – for the first time – for this category of high-value MCMV, offering dual functionality – air and surface surveillance and fire control.
The nature of threats faced by navies has never been more varied nor more challenging, ranging from next-generation anti-ship missiles, robotic warfare and swarm attacks, to EW and the necessity to operate in a simultaneously conventional, asymmetric and hybrid threat environment. Time and quality of information are critical when facing this new array of unpredictable simultaneous threats. The NS50 provides maximum time on target for forces to evaluate the threat and take countermeasures while, at the same time, understanding what is around them to safeguard the ship and to protect allied forces.
A compact, affordable 4D multi-function naval radar, the NS50 offers superior air and surface detection, tracking and classification performance, providing the highly accurate 4D target information required for rapid acquisition by short-range ‘fire-and-forget’ missiles, as well as fire control of ship-borne guns against surface targets. It can defend against UAS, low slow flying objects, and surface targets – acting in combination with small to medium calibre gun system.
A fully software-defined sensor, the NS50 features a modular, scalable hardware architecture, making it equally suitable for combat boats, Offshore Patrol Vessels, MCMVs, auxiliaries and various other platforms. Its fully digital design caters for future upgrades and meets current cybersecurity requirements.
“Navies are facing more complex, smaller, agile and faster moving simultaneous threats. The compact NS50 is a game changer – it brings the benefit of multi-mission air and surface surveillance, as well as fire control to combat boats, MCM vessels, OPA’s and various other platforms,” commented Serge Adrian, Senior VP Surface Radar activities.