Euronaval 2016: Thales unveils improved AESA radar

French defense technology company Thales has unveiled its upgraded NS200 dual-axis multi-beam radar at the Euronaval expo in Paris, France.

According to Thales, the new radar is suited for naval platforms up to destroyers and provides a range of 400 kilometers.

The new AESA-based sensor system is the larger version of the NS100 and uses newer and more powerful Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology.

As the company explained, the radar’s dual-axis multi-beam design provides weapon support while maintaining fully automated detection and tracking of all naval threats. Various navies have already expressed their interest in the NS200 radar, Thales said.

NS200 is alos Thales’s first radar to be offered with a full lifecycle support programme for carefree operation. This programme covers training, status and obsolescence monitoring, scheduled maintenance and upgrades and smart spare kits.