- Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Royal Netherlands Navy
- Theater Ballistic Missile
- Theater Ballistic Missile Defense
The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Thales Nederland have signed a contract on
Tactical Ballistic Missile Defence (TBMD). The contract consists of a technology
upgrade of the Thales Anti Air Warfare System with an early warning function to
support the implementation of a TBMD capability on the Royal Netherlands Navy's
Air Defence and Command frigates. The function is based on the Thales long-range
SMART L radar system.
The system upgrade will be demonstrated by the RNLN with support of Thales in
the Pacific Ocean late 2006. The HNLMS Tromp frigate, one of the RNLN's De Zeven
Provincien class frigates, will participate in a US test event that involves the
launch of a Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) test target from Hawaii. In
preparation for this demonstration event, a successful trial was performed at
the RNLN's Land-Based Test Site in the Netherlands early 2005 which gives Thales
the confidence to look forward to the demonstration of the sensor upgrade now
The timing of the demonstration is consistent with the new roadmap for the Royal
Netherlands Navy recently initiated by the Netherlands Minister of Defence Mr.
Henk Kamp, and the NATO roadmap for an Active Layered TBMD (ALTBMD).
A related contract for the set-up and analysis of the demonstration is expected
to be signed early 2006. This contract will be funded under the already existing
Memorandum of Understanding on TBMD between Germany and The Netherlands.
The Thales SMART-L radar system has been installed on the Netherlands De Zeven
Provincien class frigates and the German F124 class frigates. For this
demonstration, SMART-L's already impressive detection range will be considerably
extended, supported by increased data processing power achieved by additions
made to the Tromp's Combat Management System.
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