Australian Navy to Use Thales Missile Control System

March 30, 2009, Hengelo -- Recently, the Australian Department of Defense and Thales Nederland signed a contract for a user licence of Thales's Mid-Course Guidance and Sampled Data Homing function. This function will be utilised from 2011 within the warfare systems that are part of the Royal Australian Navy's ANZAC Class Frigate Anti-Ship Missile Defense Upgrade Project.

The Mid-Course Guidance and Sampled Data Homing function is based on Interrupted Continuous Wave Illumination (ICWI), a Thales development with the APAR partners in the APAR program that enables a single missile control radar to guide several missiles simultaneously to several threats.

With this contract, the number of navies using ICWI has risen to five. The German and Netherlands' Navies are operational users of the Thales APAR multi-function radar that was the first radar to use ICWI. The Patrol Ships for the Danish Navy, scheduled to be operational in 2011, will also be equipped with APAR radars. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force has purchased the ICWI function for their latest helicopter carriers and future destroyers. The addition of yet another major Navy to this list proves the substantial advantages of ICWI-based radar systems over conventional systems and Thales Nederland's leading position worldwide in naval sensor technology. (asd-network)

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