Thales has received a contract from the French Defence Procurement Agency to supply two coastal surveillance radars to enhance maritime threat detection.
Under the contract, Thales will provide its Coast Watcher 100s that is claimed to offer optimal protection for tactical test areas. Radars will monitor maritime traffic in and around the areas and detect any intrusive threats.
Thales noted that the focus of maritime threat detection has shifted from blue-water operations to coastal and littoral zones due to evolving threats.
The scope has increased to include tackling various threats in these zones such as intrusion by hostile vessels and aircraft into sensitive areas, trafficking, shipping accidents, and maritime pollution, the company added.
The company stated that taking into consideration the dangers posed by such threats and the complexity involved, countries need to acquire maritime surveillance capabilities to help identify and track intelligent, rapid, manoeuvrable targets in all sea conditions.
Thales Surface Radar activities director Serge Adrian said: “Thales’s advanced technologies help customers make the right decisions in real-time. With the Coast Watcher 100 maritime surveillance radars, the French Defence Procurement Agency will have a state-of-the-art detection, surveillance and control capability.”
Radars are designed to help operators know the real-time positions of all platforms involved in tests and enable them to respond immediately to any threats.
Developed, manufactured and installed by Thales, the X-band long-range radar has the ability to detect a range of threats from inflatables, jet skis and other small craft to commercial aircraft and warships.
The company has so far delivered about 30 Coast Watcher 100 radars to several countries.