C4iSR: Maritime

Malaysia selects NiDAR surveillance system for Littoral Combat Ship

10 October 2017

Key Points

  • Malaysia has selected the NiDAR maritime surveillance system for its Maharaja Lela class
  • System will enhance the platform’s ability to detect perimeter threats such as divers and small boats

Malaysia's first-of-class Littoral Combat Ship, Maharaja Lela. (Royal Malaysian Navy)Malaysia's first-of-class Littoral Combat Ship, Maharaja Lela. (Royal Malaysian Navy)

Malaysia has selected the NiDAR long range maritime surveillance and anti-intruder system from Monaco-based Marine and Remote Sensing Solutions (MARSS) for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) platform.

Installation and integration works onboard the first-of-class, which will be known in service as KD Maharaja Lela (2501), has been completed, said the company in its statement on 10 October. The NiDAR system and accompanying ship-sets are being supplied under a USD20 million plus contract awarded by Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), it added.

Maharaja Lela , which was launched in August 2017, is the first of six 3,000-tonne LCS platforms ordered under a MYR9 billion (USD2.1 billion) contract awarded to BNS in July 2014. The 111 m platform derives its design from French shipbuilder Naval Group’s Gowind 2500 corvette.

According to the company, the NiDAR system monitors data and inputs from diver detection sonars, thermal imaging cameras, and other onboard sensors for potential intruders as they approach the platforms. Besides divers, the system has also been designed to detect small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and surface boats.

The system’s software will then classify the threats, and alert operators who can then take appropriate evasive measures. NiDAR can also be configured to automatically activate third party countermeasures and non-lethal effectors, such as laser dazzlers and underwater loudhailers to deal with these threats.

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