Hensoldt to equip German F124 frigates with new radars

Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt, together with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has won a contract to supply new radars to the German Navy.

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and Operation (BAAINBw) has placed an order worth approximately €200 million for the delivery and installation of four sensor systems consisting of radar and IFF systems respectively.

The new radars will be installed to enhance the sensor technology of the F124 air defense frigates.

With this order, the F124 frigate’s radars will be refurbished to overcome the obsolescence of electronics components.

The order also marks the start of the development of national capabilities in the field of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD). It includes a shore facility that is a fully functional copy of the ship’s radars.

It not only enables training for users and service technicians but also allows further developments to be tested on land prior to onboard installation.

To this end, the sensor solution provider has entered into strategic cooperation in the field of BMD-capable wide-range radars in S-band with IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd.

Previously, the contract for the modernisation of land-based air surveillance in the HADR NF program, also based on a cooperation with IAI’s ELTA, was awarded to Hensoldt

“The radars used in both projects are largely identical in construction and thus also offer the customer advantages in terms of logistical supply and thus the long-term operation of the systems. In this way, further developments can also be used cross-sectionally and thus be introduced more cost-effectively,” according to the company.

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