Danish frigates to receive air and missile defense upgrades

Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has signed a contract with Danish company Terma for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) upgrades for its Iver Huitfeld-class frigates.

Under the contract Terma will provide DALO with study and advisory support within the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and IAMD domains related to the Danish government’s decision to upgrade at least one of the Iver Huitfeld-class frigates to a BMD sensor role and offer this capability to the NATO BMD system.

“Under this contract with the Danish Navy, we will leverage our extensive experience as the leading Danish company within the BMD and IAMD domains to support the Danish Navy in preparing for this capability to be added to the Iver Huitfeld class multi mission frigates” says Thomas Blom, Senior Vice President, Command, Control & Sensor Systems, Terma.

“Because they were designed to be prepared for this mission, the frigate-based BMD offering to NATO is the most affordable option with the lowest risk for a country such as Denmark, while at the same time providing the only realistic pathway to a later engagement capability”, Blom continued.

Terma’s involvement in BMD began in 2004, where the Danish government signed an agreement with USA, allowing USA to upgrade the Thule radar as part of the U.S. BMD System. The agreement also called for industrial cooperation between the countries on technology.