Iver Huitfeldt during a port visit

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has successfully completed the sea acceptance test for the Terma-built C-Guard decoy launching system onboard Ivar Huitfeldt-class vessel HDMS Niels Juel (F363).

Designed for naval platforms to defeat stream attack with multiple missiles and torpedoes from multiple directions, the C-Guard system can effectively counter advanced threats such as small-range gate radio frequency (RF) missiles, imaging InfraRed (IR) seeker missiles, and advanced next-generation torpedoes.

The trials involved a full functional and operational system test including a full integration test with a Terma C-Flex combat management system.

A live firing exercise with an Mk214 Seagnat 130mm chaff seduction round as well as Mk 216 advanced chaff distraction round decoy ammunition was also conducted as part of the test.

Originally developed to protect naval platforms against airborne threats, C-Guard is currently operational with more than 15 navies around the world.

The Ivar Huitfeldt-class vessels are powered by four main MTU 20V 8000 M70 diesel engines and are armed with a Lockheed Martin mk41 multimissile vertical launch system (VLS) for the evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) and SM-2 IIIA missile.

Built by Odense Steel Shipyard for the Royal Danish Navy, the ships are equipped with separate filters to protect the crew against chemical, radioactive or biological weapon attacks and airlocks are provided between them.

With the completion of SAT, C-Guard is now operational on the two Royal Danish Navy’s Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates HDMS Peter Willemoes and HDMS Niels Juel. The Danish Navy is planning to conduct a similar test later this year for HDMS Iver Huitfeldt.

Image: The Royal Danish Navy’s Iver Huitfeldt-class vessel, HDMS Iver Huitfeldt, at sea. Photo: Mtlarsen.

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