Conference Agenda

MAST Northern Coasts 2019 Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thu 5 Sep 2019

15:30 Thu 5 Sep 2019


5B: Surface

Radar II

CHAIR: Rear Admiral (ret) Phil (John P.) Davis

Digital Radar Design for Multi Mission Operation

  • Mr. Evert Woudenberg
    Product Management

Digital radar design for multi mission operation

All over the world armed forces are being built up or being modernized. After years of relative peace and a reduction of defence budgets a change is taking place. Recent conflicts show an increase in the threat; the deployment of fast and advanced missiles, UAVs in various forms for the purpose of reconnaissance and battle supporting tasks, supported with all kinds of electronic warfare and cyber-attacks are obvious examples.

From a sensor scope, it is essential to keep in pace. For this reason Thales moved forward to the next generation of naval and ground surveillance radars, introducing a family of fully digital, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars. The family represents a leap forward in intelligent performance and digital technology and enables multi mission operation combining mission capabilities previously enabled only by multiple different radar systems.

New technology such as employing AESA antenna technology that can generate many beams simultaneously in elevation and azimuth enable true multi mission operation. By employing element level digital beamforming, a true software defined digital radar family ensures trough-life sustained operational capability throughout the radar’s life-cycle.

Multi Mission operation by using these revolutionary technology steps is proven in practice. Real-live examples of the SMART-L and NS100 Multi Mission radars will be given.

Challenge of Offshore Windfarms to Maritime Surveillance

  • Ms. Anita Hansen
    Product Manager
    Terma A/S

With renewable energy as the key component in fighting climate change, the demand for wind energy is increasing and leads to a significant growth rate of near and offshore wind farms globally.

This can have a great influence on infrastructure and harbors in terms of challenges to the safety of navigation and maritime surveillance due to changed performance of surveillance radars. The impact is expected on radar surface surveillance as well as air surveillance. This presentation will address some of the challenges for the various users; ships, ports, VTS, Security and land-based surveillance. Additionally, it will briefly describe some of the problems wind farms may cause such as light pollution and disturbances to airport radars.

Some of the significant challenges caused by wind farms affecting radars are ghost images, shadowing, side lobes and influencing functionality based on Doppler signals. Finally, the presentation will touch upon mitigation strategies to be outlined for the surveillance of the future.

Fully-Digital AESA RADAR Solutions for BMD

  • Mr. GianFranco Abbrescia
    VP Naval Product Marketing

In recent years, starting from its experiences in RADAR design and development as well as in complex system integration in land and sea domains, Leonardo invested in the field of the Integrated Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) proposing state-of-art solutions for sensors and Tactical Command & Control. This paper describes how Leonardo RADAR portfolio evolved towards new Multifunctional Architectures based on Fully-Digital Active Electronic Scanning Antenna (AESA) technology. The new operative scenarios led Leonardo to develop the family of KRONOS® RADARs: a multifunctional architecture, scalable in band, based on the AESA technology and on adaptive processing software solution able to adapt algorithm to different missions based on automatic processes while minimizing the human in the loop. The new RADARs products cover different band in order to face different BMD missions: the early warning mission to detect the ballistic threat after the launch and the fire control radar to guide the contrast against the ballistic threat during the re-entry phase.. The Tactical Command & Control, on the other hand, has been developed to exploit the multifunctional architecture of the RADARs in a networked system integrating different technological solutions and sensors to cope with the Integrated Air Missile Defence (IAMD). The assessment of the Leonardo technology in the BMD can be considered field proven since it has been tested during some international exercises involving several key players and military forces. The maturity of the KRONOS® technology has been assessed in terms of RADAR capability as well as in terms of its ability to be integrated in a IAMD system.

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