Contraves Advanced Devices has awarded a contract to Thales to supply radar and sonar systems in support of the Royal Malaysian Navy’s second generation patrol vessel (SGPV) littoral combat ships (LCS).

Under the contract, Thales will supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems and six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for installation aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy’s patrol vessels, which are under construction by Boustead Naval Shipyard in Malaysia.

Initially, Thales will build and test the first two SMART-S Mk2 radars in Hengelo, the Netherlands, while Contraves will assemble and test the other four systems in Malaysia prior to the radars delivery, scheduled to begin within the next few years.

Capable of performing missions against quiet submarines, the CAPTAS-2 allows surface platforms to conduct all anti-submarine warfare missions including escort, prosecution, area sanitisation and own force protection.

"Thales will supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems and six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems."

In addition to featuring technologies that provide a high source level in a compact array, the variable depth sonar comprises Thales’s unique towed triplet receive array to provide instant left/right ambiguity resolution, and is ideally suited for torpedo defence.

The SMART-S Mk2 medium to long range air and surface surveillance radar is optimised to provide medium to long range situational awareness and target designation in complex environments.

Designed for minimal support and easy installation, the radar offers maintenance-free mission capability using transmitter technology and parallel processes.

The CAPTAS family is in service with navies including the Norwegian Navy, the Royal Saudi Navy, the UK Royal Navy, the French Navy, the Italian Navy, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the UAE Navy.

Defence Technology