Terma has successfully delivered and trialed the helicopter mission control system for the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore, which completed sea acceptance trials and is now ready for the final handover to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).


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The Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel MV Sycamore utilizes Terma’s helicopter mission control system

A primary mission for the MV Sycamore is to conduct operational aviation/helicopter training by and for RAN. Consequently, the vessel is equipped with a helicopter mission control system from Terma that comprises the SCANTER 6002 air and surface surveillance radar with IFF and the C-Flex Mission System.

The SCANTER 6002 is a combined air and surface surveillance radar providing capabilities for advanced navigation, air, and surface surveillance and helicopter control. On the MV Sycamore, the SCANTER 6002 radar is configured with its 12 feet dual beam high gain antenna and combined with the C-Search IFF system, providing for military modes as well as the civilian Mode S. The SCANTER 6002 radar enables the operator to detect a helicopter far from the vessel and follow it all the way until hovering over the helicopter pad.

The C-Flex Mission system is located in the aviation control room from where the operator is presented with the situation awareness based on data from the SCANTER 6002 radar and the IFF. This data is correlated and fused into a layered situation picture with sea chart, track overlay, crisp-clear radar video overlay as well as graphical overlays, routes, heli-approach patterns, etc., allowing the operator to concentrate on making decisions and commanding the helicopter in the specific operation.

The SCANTER 6002 radar has become a preferred choice for both navigation and surveillance purposes by a large number of navies and coastguards around the world. The SCANTER 6002 is a solid state X-Band radar that is claimed to provide unique and unmatched small target detection and tracking. It is a member of Terma’s SCANTER radar family with more than 2,700 radars in operation worldwide.

The C-Flex Mission System is derived from the company’s proven C-Flex Combat Management System supplied fleetwide for the Royal Danish Navy (OPVs and frigates) and for several other navies, such as the Romanian Navy, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Thai Navy, etc. Rather than providing combat management, the C-Flex Mission System provides a mission-oriented command and control solution enabling commercial, coastguard and naval vessels to conduct efficient missions within search and rescue, surveillance, law enforcement and deterrence.