Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) has announced that the EMPAR project has reached a
new milestone with the integration of the first multifunction radar system
onboard the Italian Navy experimental ship Carabiniere after completing factory
acceptance tests at the company's site in Fusaro (Naples), Italy.
EMPAR multifunctional radar now installed onboard Carabiniere experimental ship
will undergo qualification of the PAAMS-EMPAR air defense system intended for
the Horizon frigate program. The first firing acceptance test of the PAAMS-EMPAR
air defense system is scheduled for the end of 2005. Horizon program will
deliver four air defense frigates to Italy and France, two ships each.
In addition, AMS also completed installation of the command and control system
for the PAAMS-EMPAR fire control system at the Horizon program integration
facilities in Toulon, France. The corresponding qualification test program has
already started for the EMPAR fire control system. The EMPAR multifunction radar
and the command and control system are the basis for the Horizon combat
The ERMPAR is the primary sensor for the SAAM and PAAMS ship-based air defense
systems, which utilize the FSAF family of missiles comprising Aster 15 (SAAM and
PAAMS) and longer range Aster 30 (only PAAMS). To date, EMPAR sensor has been
selected for the Conte di Cavour Italian Navy aircraft carrier and the four
Horizon-class frigates, these ships are right now under construction and will be
commissioned before the end of the decade.
EMPAR is a G-band multifunction phased array radar designed to provide surface
ships with advanced air defense capabilities against 21st century airborne
threats such as supersonic aircraft, supersonic anti-ship missiles and cruise
missiles. The radar antenna rotates at 60 rpm performing surveillance, tracking
and weapons fire control simultaneously in severe conditions of clutter and
jamming. The EMPAR was qualified in December 2002 for operation by French and
Italian Navies with SAAM-IT air defense system.
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