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Parent System: Searchmaster
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
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Description: The Thales Searchmaster is a multirole surveillance radar built around an active electronically scanned array (AESA) and developed for the French Navy's ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft. The AESA technologies present in this state-of-the-art sensor were developed under the French Air Force Rafale's RBE2-AA AESA radar. The Searchmaster radar has been developed for the detection of a wide range of threats carrying out anti-surface (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), maritime surveillance, ground surveillance and tactical air support. It features extended range surveillance, 360-degree coverage, electronic scanning in the vertical plane and simultaneous short-range and long-range surveillance as well as continuous detection in harsh environmental conditions. Thales launched the Searchmaster radar at Euronaval exhibition in October 2014.
The Searchmaster radar only weighs 75 kg and is capable of airborne surface, ground and air surveillance missions. This compact system can be installed and integrated with ease on fixed-wing aircraft and medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), medium and heavy-weight helicopters. The maintenance costs were slashed due to the AESA technology. The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) selected the Searchmaster radar for integration on the upgraded Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft.
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