Thales has signed a contract worth more than €100m with German sensor solutions provider Hensoldt to deliver a TRS-4D naval radar for the German Navy’s F126 programme.

Under this contract, Hensoldt will deliver its TRS-4D radar’s non-rotating version with four fixed-panel arrays to Thales.

Hensoldt is expected to make its first delivery of the radar in 2025.

Following the delivery, Thales will perform the installation of the radar onto the F126 frigates, complying with the combat systems and mission requirements of the German Navy.

Hensoldt Naval & Ground Radars vice-president Markus Rothmaier said: “Our TRS-4D and its high-end components are deployed onboard several German Navy ships offering a high degree of commonalities to the customer.

“I am proud that we are able to offer the German Navy, together with Thales’ sensor technology and combat system, a comprehensive and truly European solution.”

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In 2020, the F126 programme was contracted to provide four multi-purpose combat F126 frigates to the German Navy.

The ten-year-long programme also includes multiple land-based pieces of training and tests, along with an option for two additional frigates.

Delivery of the first F126 ship to the German Navy is anticipated in 2028.

Hensoldt’s TRS-4D radar is based on advanced gallium nitride active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor technology.

The multi-function surveillance and target acquisition radar has easy integration and high operational availability.

Hensoldt’s naval radars are already in service with the German Navy frigates, including Frigate F125 and the second batch of K130 corvettes.

Equipped with the new naval radar and other advanced systems and sensors, the future F126 frigates will be able to perform several naval missions in difficult maritime environments.

Damen Naval, the prime contractor for the F126 programme, recently selected Leonardo’s OTO 127/64 lightweight (LW) Vulcano defence systems for the frigates.