LCS and WMSL to be Outfitted with TRS-3D Radar

Released on Wednesday, October 27, 2004
United States of America
K130 Braunschweig
LCS Freedom
WMSL 750
LCS - Littoral Combat Ship
WMSL - Maritime Security Cutter, Large
Lockheed-Martin and EADS have announced that the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Maritime Security Cutter - Large (WMSL) will be equipped with the EADS TRS-3D naval radar system. Both companies have agreed to evaluate opportunities of TRS-3D in other shipbuilding programs worldwide.

The US Coast Guard's Maritime Security Cutter - Large (WMSL) will use the TRS-3D radar for air search purposes. The same radar system will provide sea and air surveillance and weapons assignment to US Navy's Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). EADS Defence Electronics will provide two TRS-3D radars for two planned LCS Flight 0 ships and two more for the US Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System program, one for the first WMSL and the other for the land-based test site, with options on three more radars.

From the outset of the US Navy's LCS program and the US Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System program the two services expressed their commitment to maximize common system that could expand interoperability and logistics support. Moreover, these systems can reduce total ownership costs through common training, maintenance, spares and upgrades. TRS-3D was selected because it offers better overall performance and the lower risk compared with other competitors.

The TRS-3D is a C-band, naval 3D multimode radar for air and sea surveillance and weapon assignment. It is especially suited to detect and track fast moving targets such as low flying aircraft, fast boats and missiles. Germany was the launch customer for the radar type which has been installed on the F122 Bremen frigates and is planned for the new K130 corvettes ordered by the German Navy. In addition, the radar is operational in other ships of the navies of Denmark, Finland, Spain and Malaysia.

This agreement was signed during Euronaval exhibition 2004 at Le Bourget in Paris, France.


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