Thales has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) to deliver eight high technology radars.

Awarded by the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation, the contract will see the supply of an NS100 radar, seven Scout Mk3 radars, and an identification friend or foe (IFF) system.

The RNLN vessels use the advanced Thales 4D active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars that feature flexible architecture design.

This allows the easy introduction of new capabilities.

Once delivered, the NS100 dual-axis multi-beam surveillance radar will replace the Variant radar currently deployed on the Landing Platform Docks (LPD) HNLMS Johan de Witt.

The Sea Acceptance Tests are scheduled to be conducted in 2023. The NS100 will be updated on the RNLN’s LPD HNLMS Rotterdam.

The Scout Mk3 surveillance radars will be installed on HNLMS Johan de Witt and the Combat Support Ship (CSS).

Additionally, five Scout Mk3 radars will be delivered for the M-class frigates and for spares and training purposes.

CSS is currently under construction and will also be equipped with the Thales IFF system.

Thales Naval vice-president Geert van der Molen said: “This contract illustrates how convenient it is to update a Thales 4D AESA radar system in operation in order to align it with the same specifications as a new radar.

“The update involves only the exchange of one component and the installation of updated software and can be carried out at the Naval base in Den Helder.”