Sampson Multi-Functional Radar Achieves Major Milestone


Released on Monday, September 13, 2004
Italy
United Kingdom
Sampson
Type 45
AMS - Alenia Marconi Systems
PAAMS - Principal Anti-Air Missile System
UK - United Kingdom
Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS), an equally shared company between Italy's Finmeccanica and UK's BAE Systems, has announced that the Sampson multi-functional radar system being developed for UK Type 45 destroyers achieved a major milestone with the installation on a Type 45 representative foremast at AMS' Cowes site, United Kingdom.

This event follows the completion of Sampson radar antenna extensive tests program performed at AMS' facilities. Now the mast-mounted Sampson radar system will begin testing on the tower prior to start the PAAMS integration program next year. PAAMS, highlighting Sampson and the ASTER missile family, is the Type 45 destroyers anti-air warfare (AAW) weapon systems and the cornerstone of the entire Type 45 program.

Alenia Marconi Systems also released that the second Sampson multi-functional radar system has been assembled successfully and is undergoing tests in the antenna test facility. These measures and tests programs are a significant risk reduction effort for the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer program that will lead to commissioning the first fully operational destroyer by 2010.

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