Dutch shipbuilder Damen has entered an agreement with Indra for the delivery of its next-generation electronic naval defence system, RIGEL RESM / RECM.
Indra’s defence solution is slated to be installed on-board a new long-range offshore patrol vessel (POLA) that is currently being built by Damen for the Mexican Navy.
The deal is expected to boost Indra’s market position in Mexico, where the company has been operating for the past two decades and employs more than 2,500 personnel.
The Mexican Navy’s latest POLA is a Damen SIGMA-series naval ship.
RIGEL is a broadband digital reception technology-based system that has been designed to provide vessels with analysis, detection and countermeasure capabilities.
The solution is capable of detecting and analysing radar signals, while providing command officials with information regarding the presence of other platforms.
It is also able to alert users of the risk of being detected when required.
Additionally, the system protects the vessel with simultaneous jamming and deception countermeasures when faced with multiple active threats.
The system has already demonstrated its ability to deliver ‘optimum response times and precision’ in the ‘most dense and complex electromagnetic scenarios’.
The technology has already been selected to safeguard more than 100 navy vessels across five continents to date.
Indra’s system has also been deployed during several multinational operations worldwide and was specifically developed to comply with the requirements of Nato countries.
The RIGEL system is currently being used in the Atalanta counter-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden in Africa, as well as during surveillance of the Mediterranean Sea to prevent the illicit trafficking of goods.