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Hensoldt Delivers Air Defence IFF to French Armed Forces

MSR1000l for MISTRAL Launchers and MARTHA C2 Stations

Hensoldt is to deliver its MSR1000l monopulse secondary radar identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) systems to the French armed forces, the company revealed on 16 April.

The contract awarded to Hensoldt France SAS covers the delivery of 134 systems for integration on the Army’s MISTRAL missile launchers and MARTHA air defence command and control (C2) stations. The MSR1000l IFF interrogator was successfully qualified by the Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in December 2018 and will provide NATO IFF interrogation, together with the mini crypto-computer QRTK6NG, also manufactured by Hensoldt France. Following this, the first tranche has been authorised and 41 MSR1000I, compliant with STANAG 4193 Edition 3, will be delivered in 2020.

Relevant air defence platforms will then be able to perform mode 4 and mode 5 interrogations. Unlike Mode 4 used hitherto, Mode 5 employs sophisticated encryption techniques to avoid hostile signal manipulation, thus ensuring that the identification process is absolutely reliable and secure. With the decommissioning of Mode 4, Mode 5 needs to be introduced in all western armies, this being a precondition for joint operations of NATO and allied forces.

Hensoldt is under contract to upgrade German, French, UK, US and other armed forces’ platforms with IFF systems using the latest Mode 5 standard. It has already delivered IFF systems – including crypto devices – to ground and naval platforms of 42 NATO and allied nations. In France, the company’s equipment is deployed on the CHARLES de GAULLE aircraft carrier, the RAFALE and MIRAGE 2000 combat aircraft, the NH90 helicopters and several air defence platforms. In Germany, the company has established the air traffic control/IFF network of the German Air Force and delivers interrogators and transponders to a number of airborne and naval platforms. In total, Hensoldt has about 450 IFF systems under contract for more than 80 platforms.

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