|Preserving maritime security demands highly capable sensors to ensure situational awareness at any time|
- Increasing maritime security and situational awareness in littoral waters
- Successful operation onboard USS Freedom
EADS Defence & Security has delivered the second TRS-3D naval radar to Lockheed Martin, a prime contractor for the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship programme. The radar is due to be integrated on the third of the new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS 3), Fort Worth.
The first radar has been in successful operation for a year-and-a-half onboard the first LCS, USS Freedom, where it played a key role in the ship's first deployment. Throughout USS Freedom's deployment the ship and crew conducted a series of drug interdictions in which more than five tons of cocaine was seized.
"Preserving maritime security, particularly of coastal areas, demands highly capable sensors to ensure situational awareness at any time," explains Bernd Wenzler, CEO Defence Electronics, an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security. "Our TRS-3D radar has proven in service that it is the right answer to these complex demands."
The TRS-3D is three-dimensional multi-mode naval radar for surveillance, self-defence, gunfire support, and helicopter control. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets. Due to the latest signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of small, fast moving objects, such as speed boats.
Among the ships equipped outside the U.S. are the new K130 corvettes of the German Navy, the "Squadron 2000" patrol boats of the Finnish Navy and the Norwegian Coast Guard "Nordkapp" and "Svalbard" icebreakers.
EADS Defence & Security (DS) is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global security, service and support solutions. In 2009, DS - with around 21,000 employees - achieved revenues of € 5.4 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, EADS generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 119,000.