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TACTICOS

The TACTICOS Combat Management System (CMS) is the heart of Naval Combat Systems for numerous Navies around the world. The integration track record proves that TACTICOS is adaptable to customer requirements and that it can serve of many naval vessels ranging from fast patrol boats up to frigate size.

Key capabilities of TACTICOS include surveillance and picture compilation using the on-board sensors and tactical data links. Anti Air Warfare, Anti Submarine Warfare and Electronic Warfare are supported by threat evaluation, manual and automatic sensor and weapon assignment and kill assessment. Further support services include decision making support, planning tools, built-in training and maintenance support.

Technically, TACTICOS is characterised by a distributed real-time database for real-time data and a component-based architecture using COTS hardware and operating systems. The openness of architecture allows seamless integration with applications like Jane’s, IRIS Message Handling and Command Support software like GCCS-M and MCCIS. The scalability of the architecture makes TACTICOS extremely suitable for use on Naval vessels ranging from patrol boat to frigate size and allows for addition of COTS hardware when required without adapting the existing system.

Currently, new applications have been implemented to allow TACTICOS to grow into the Network Centric Warfare arena. Improved situation awareness using true multi-sensor data fusion, automatic recognition and identification capabilities and all tactical data-links. Information from the Recognised Maritime Picture can be fused with the local area picture. Force level and own ship threat assessment, decision support and coordination for all warfare areas enable optimum protection of the complete task force. Extended training facilities enable improved interoperability suing the High Level Architecture as world standard. Mission Planning and Control facilities enable mission planning using received orders as input. The mission planning database is filled automatically, and the CMS can be automatically configured according to the current. Extensive state-board display facilities are available.

TACTICOS is fit for evolution ensuring existing customers backward compatibility and upgrade-ability and providing new customers with the most modern and proven CMS available.

TACTICOS is operational in more than 15 Navies world-wide, at more than 150 naval vessels.

Goalkeeper - close-in weapon system

Goalkeeper is an autonomous and completely automatic weapon system for short-range defence of ships against highly maneuverable missiles, aircraft and fast maneuvering surface vessels.

The system automatically performs the entire process from surveillance and detection to destruction, including selection of the next priority target. The crucial importance of a last-ditch defence system has been proven on numerous occasions. To provide for this need, Thales developed Goalkeeper, an extremely effective system, that incorporates the 30 mm, 7-barrel Gatling gun with special missile-piercing ammunition. The combination of MPDS ammunition and a firing rate of 4200 rds/min gives the system the power necessary to destroy missile warheads.

Goalkeeper provides excellent performance against surface targets. Search and track radars, weapon control and integration of the total system are Thales’ strengths. A high detection probability for small targets is ensured in all weather conditions by the use of an I-band search radar. Pin-point target tracking is achieved by the dual frequency I/K-band track radar. Continuous search with track-while-scan ensures rapid engagement of the next priority target in multitarget scenarios.

Goalkeeper’s capabilities have been proven many times during sea-going trials. U.S. trials in which 3 types of live missiles were destroyed by Goalkeeper, conclusively confirmed the capabilities of this proven Close-In Weapon System.

Goalkeeper is operational in the navies of Belgium, Chile, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, the UAE and the UK.

Herakles โ€“ Multifunction Radar

HERAKLES is Thales' latest radar designed to be the sole radar on board high-value vessels. Operating in S band and optimized for littoral operations, it provides an effective naval air defence and land operations support capability with optimum acquisition and life cycle costs.

The radar simultaneously performs all the functions involved in the establishment of a 3D air and surface picture, missile detection, and in weapon deployment, can be associated with all types of active or semi-active surface-to-air missiles, features exceptional reliability and extremely high operational availability, key to its role as sole radar.

HERAKLES performs simultaneous long-range air and surface surveillance, for wide-area protection of consort ships and contributes to the deployment of air defence and anti-surface weapons

APAR โ€“ Active Phased Array multifunction Radar

The world's first true multifunction radar. APAR provides the capabilities required for the modern anti-ship missile threats.

APAR is capable of performing various tasks simultaneously; automatic detection and tracking of low altitude targets (e.g. seaskimmers), detection and tracking of air targets and the support and guidance of a very wide range of missiles. It is particularly designed to cope with the terminal guidance (ICWI) requirements of SM-2 and ESSM missiles. APAR is capable of guiding several missiles simultaneously to several threats. This unique capability has been demonstrated in various live tests.

The APAR antenna consists of four arrays, each array composed of more than 3000 very small radar transmitter/receiver (T/R) elements. The combination of T/R modules in one array can generate narrow beams that can be pointed in any direction within a cone of about 120 degrees in azimuth and 70 degrees in elevation. Combined, the four arrays cover the full 360 degrees. Switching from one beam to another can be done very rapidly. The use of so many T/R modules gives this radar unique performance and high operational availability.

The inherent agility of APAR guarantees a high performance in the most adverse conditions, under severe electronic protection measures, and is very useful in the gathering of more specific information about detected targets,

APAR is operational on the four "De Zeven Provinciën" class frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy and on the three "Sachsen" class frigates of the German Navy. APAR is under contract for the three Patrol Ships of the Iver Huitfeldt class that are currently being built for the Danish Navy.

SMART- L 3D Long range surveillance radar

SMART-L is a 3D multibeam radar designed to provide long-range air & surface surveillance and target designation.

Operating in L-band, SMART-L provides a very long-range coverage (400 km radius) as well as 70° of elevation. State-of-the-art technology, combined with refined signal processing, SMART-L guarantees excellent performance, especially against stealthy targets in a littoral environment. SMART-L's high sensitivity allows for the early detection and tracking of very small aircraft and missiles. 

Recent tests with SMART-L equipped with the recently developed Extended Long Range module were highly successful. Thanks to the ELR module, SMART-L's already impressive range can be substantially increased.

SMART-L is operational on the Netherlands' and German air defence frigates, the Korean Landing Platform Dock and is under contract for the Danish Navy's Patrol Ships. SMART-L's derivative, S1850M, is currently being installed on the Royal Navy's Type 45 vessels and the French and Italian Horizon class destroyers and is under contract for the new British Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. 

Smart-S Mk2 3D medium to long range surveillance radar

SMART-S Mk2, Thales’s latest 3D multibeam radar, operates in S-band and is optimised for medium-to-long-range surveillance and target designation in littoral environments.

The latter consisting of a mix of sea, land, islands, coastal rains and thunderstorms and a multiple of radar targets including small surface targets, helicopters and anti-ship missiles. Furthermore, SMART-S Mk2 is designed to match the full performance of surface to air missiles (SAM), such as the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).

SMART-S Mk2 is extremely suitable as the main air and surface surveillance radar in a one radar concept for light frigates, corvettes and ships such as Landing Platform Docks (LPD). With its 2 main modes, 250-km range, special helicopter mode, surface fire channels, easy installation, high reliability and easy maintainability, SMART-S Mk2 is again a step forward in Thales’s radar development.

SMART-S Mk2 is very succesful. Only six years after its introduction, an impressive 30 systems were sold to navies all over the world. They will be installed on new ships as well as on older vessels that are being modernized.

Sting EO Mk2 โ€“ Short to medium-range I/K-band radar

STING-EO Mk2, Thales’s lightweight dual band (I and K) weapon control system, supports gun fire control, performs kill assessment and makes a valuable contribution to classification and identification of threats. In addition, the system can be used as a surveillance sensor, even under radar silence conditions.

The three data sources (I, K, EO) provide high redundancy, performance and ECCM resistance. STING EO Mk2 incorporates the latest solid-state I-band and K-band radars transmitters (low life cycle cost and high operational availability) and a new generation of electro-optical components (especially a third generation focal plane array infrared camera).

For operation in the littoral environment, STING EO Mk2 offers a list of benefits, such as: superior stealth target detection in strong (land) clutter, higher resistance against more stressing jamming scenarios and an extended EO capability for target identification and observation.

Stir โ€“ Tracking and illumination radar

STIR is a medium-to-long range tracking and illumination radar system. The system has been designed primarily to control point and area defence missile systems such as NATO Sea Sparrow, ESSM and Standard Missiles (SM1 and SM2).

A secondary application is the direct control of various caliber guns. The STIR 180 with both I-band K-band facilities provides excellent low-level target tracking for missile and gun control. All STIR configurations have optional TV/IR tracking capabilities. STIR technology stands for high accuracy, excellent performance and extensive ECCM capabilities.

STIR is a well-proven system. More than 150 systems have been sold and are operational. Eleven navies, amongst which are six navies of the NATO alliance, use these systems.