Microwave Journal

New generation Terma radar selected for French Navy carrier

November 3, 2014

Terma has been contracted by French navy ship builder DCNS to supply two 6000 SCANTER radars to the French Navy carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91). The main task of the SCANTER radars as part of total radar suite aboard the carrier is to serve as a multi-role sensor system to meet requirements for navigation and tactical surface and air surveillance, search and rescue, and helicopter control.

The company previously delivered and installed the SCANTER 6000 on the French navy’s cutting edge Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) L’Adroit.

The SCANTER 6000 is a coherent X-Band 2D solid state radar developed by Terma to address market requirements for improved surface and low airspace situational awareness. It has been specifically designed as an affordable all-weather sensor solution to plug the gap between standard marine navigation radars and more expensive military surveillance radar systems.

The radar is claimed to deliver exceptional resolution through the application of advanced hardware design and intelligent processing. The result is a state-of-the-art radar sensor that overcomes the limitations of previous generation radars so as to reliably detect very small targets in high sea and weather clutter backgrounds.

Besides L’Adroit, Terma's SCANTER 6000 naval surveillance radar is installed on the US Navy's Stiletto vessel and on the Danish Navy’s Frigate IVER HUITFELDT. It is also supplied to the navies of Germany and UAE and for new OPV programs as well as update programs.