Reliable Air and Sea Surveillance for Arctic Patrol Vessels
Hensoldt is to equip the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel SVALBARD with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I identification friend or foe (IFF) system, the company announced on 14 August.
This is the second upgrade contract from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA). MON reported on 24 January that the company is under contract to equip the three new Arctic Coast Guard Vessels in the P6615 programme with the same upgraded capability.
Under both contracts, worth over €27 million, Hensoldt will deliver four TRS-3D radars, including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software, delivering them from 2021, in parallel to the building programme of the new Arctic Coast Guard vessels. The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for IFF, operating all current IFF modes, including the latest Mode S/Mode 5 Level 1/2 standard, answering the most recent NATO requirements.
“Our TRS-3D naval radar is an extremely reliable radar, particularly suited for littoral missions […] We are taking the upgrade contract of the Norwegian Coast Guard as proof of the customer’s satisfaction with our product and services,” commented Hensoldt CEO, Thomas Müller.
TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft – essential to avoiding friendly fire and to establishing a comprehensive situation picture. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets and safe guidance of on-board helicopters. Thanks to its signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low-flying or slow-moving objects under extreme environmental conditions.
More than 50 units of the radar are in operation with naval forces around the world, including frigates and corvettes of the German Navy, the US Coast Guard National Security Cutters and the Finnish Navy’s SQUADRON 2000-class patrol boats.