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Gerhard Heiming

The Dutch Koninklijke Marine has ordered one NS100 radar and seven Scout Mk3 radars for its warships, manufacturer Thales has announced. The Landing Platform Dock (LPD) JOHAN DE WITT will receive the NS100 and one Scout Mk3 radar with another Scout Mk3 to be installed on the combat support vessel DEN HELDER, which is currently under construction with a planned entry into service in 2024. The new ship will also be equipped with a Friend-or-Foe (IFF) identification system while the remaining five Scout Mk3s are intended for the frigates of the KAREL DOORMAN class operated by the Netherlands and Belgium.

The NS100s are part of the Thales 4D AESA radar generation used on most ships of the Dutch Navy. The dual-axis multi-beam sensor is characterised by the simultaneous detection of a large number of targets in a single operating mode and the flexible architecture of the radar allows the introduction of new capabilities throughout its lifetime. Therefore, the NS100 on the LPD ROTTERDAM will be updated to ensure that the two radars are identical, with acceptance testing scheduled to begin in 2023.

The Scout Mk3 medium-range radar can detect very small objects even in heavy seas or in the vicinity of large objects, offering automatic detection and tracking as well as helicopter and UAV approach and guidance.