The Netherlands' Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has contracted Thales for the supply of new Mode 5/S identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems for retrofit to the six M-class frigates serving in the navies of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal.
As well as the supply of the IFF systems, the contract also provides for the adaptation of the LW08 D-band long-range air search radar, and the delivery of a user interface for stand-alone control.
The Royal Netherlands Navy, the Belgian Maritime Component, and the Portuguese Navy each operate two M-class frigates (Belgium and Portugal having acquired their ships secondhand from the Netherlands). The DMO contract also includes an option for three more IFF systems for the Vasco Da Gama-class MEKO 200PN frigates of the Portuguese Navy.
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