The first NS100 E/F-band dual-axis multibeam surveillance radar for Singapore’s Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) programme has completed Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at Thales Nederland’s Hengelo facility in the east of the Netherlands.
NS100 combines an electronically stabilised, mechanically rotating antenna with an active electronically scanned array able to generate beams simultaneously in both elevation and azimuth. The system draws on technology previously proven in Thales Nederland’s SMART-S Mk 2 and the SMILE/Sea Master 400 E/F-band radars, and shares a common SR3D platform architecture.
Thales Nederland secured its launch customer for NS100 in early 2013. Although the company did not name its client, export licensing documentation subsequently revealed Singapore as the purchaser of eight NS100 systems, matching exactly the number of 80m LMVs being built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy. The Singapore Ministry of Defence officially confirmed selection of NS100 in early July this year coincident with the launch of the first-of-class RSS Independence.
The FAT − which comprises a series of tests to demonstrate that the system complies with the requirement set by the customer − was completed at Hengelo in August. Prior to the formal FAT, the NS100 was extensively tested against both targets of opportunity and controlled air targets.
Following delivery to Singapore, this first NS100 radar will be installed on board Independence in October this year ahead of sea trials.