The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization has signed a contract with Terma for the delivery of radar systems for the Danish Navy’s three new frigates of the IVER HUITFELDT class, which are expected to enter operational service in 2013.
The radar is intended for surveillance and rescue assignments and helicopter guidance. The first system will be installed in May this year, and the two additional systems in December 2011 and February 2012.
Terma’s SCANTER 6000 naval surveillance radar is already installed on the U.S. Navy’s Stiletto vessel and will be installed as part of the French Offshore Patrol Vessel program ”Hermes” later this year.
Furthermore, the Spanish Coast Guard, Guardia Civil, has purchased a number of systems for the coastal surveillance along two coastlines in northern Spain.
The radar is particularly suited to detect small targets such as a helicopter under demanding weather conditions at a distance of up to 15 nautical miles and guide the helicopter to a safe landing on board the vessel.
The SCANTER 6000 is specifically developed for surveillance assignments at sea, and consequently it is well-suited for search and rescue assignments and to combat so-called asymmetric threats (terror and pirate attacks).
Previously, Terma has delivered radar systems for a number of the Danish Navy vessels. The radars supplied comprise both the SCANTER 2001 as well as the SCANTER 4100 which has been installed on the ocean patrol vessels in the »KNUD RASMUSSEN« class.
With the three new frigates, the Danish Navy obtains a considerable capacity to solve both national and international assignments. The frigates are 140 meters long and 20 meters wide and consist of seven decks, including helicopter landing deck and hangar. The crew comprises 101 persons. The vessels were built at the Odense Steel Ship Yard.
Terma has already supplied the advanced C-Flex command and control system for the frigates. C-Flex integrates a number of the frigates’ defense systems, including the advanced AAW (Anti Air Warfare) air defense system and the decoy self-protection system SKWS (Soft Kill Weapon System), also supplied by Terma.
1500 radar systems are in operation worldwide
The SCANTER radar systems come in different versions which are tailor-made for specific applications. At present, well over 1500 systems are in operation worldwide for the surveillance of coastlines and ports, naval surveillance and airport ground surveillance at large international airports.
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.