Thales Deutschland proposes GM200 MM-C for German MRS medium range radar program

The TLVS program is currently entering a decisive phase. As part of many years of contributing to TLVS Thales Deutschland has submitted an offer for medium-range radar (MRS) to the responsible Joint Venture.
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Thales Deutschland has submitted an offer for its new, AESA medium-range radar to the joint venture between Lockheed Martin and MBDA that is offering the TLVS air-defense missile system to Germany (Picture source: Thales)

The TLVS medium-range sensor is firstly responsible for the fire control of the secondary missile and must integrate seamlessly with the overall system. Program aspects, such as national sovereignty and regulations from the MEADS history must also be taken into account. Market availability is also desirable to minimize technical and program-related risks.

The excellent suitability of the Thales GM200 MM/C as a medium-range sensor in combination with the IRIS-T SL has already been demonstrated in 2016 (risk mitigation). Ongoing investigations from last year attest to the sensor’s highest accuracy in this radar class.

The radar has a modern AESA technology (Active Electronically Scanned Array) implemented in gallium nitride and operates in the S-band. The range from a small aerial target is >130 kilometers, the instrumented range is up to 400 kilometers. The modular design of the GM200 MM/C, the AESA technology, the inclusion within a Thales S-band radar platform family and the advanced digitization of the radar (fully programmable) facilitate considerable growth potential in all areas.

The GM200 MM/C is currently being purchased by the Dutch armed forces, is currently in series production. A prototype has already been successfully trialed since 2016. Thus, the GM200 MM/C is the only product in this class that has both a prototype and serial contract, is produced in series and therefore justifiably considered a military off-the-shelf product. The design of the GM200 MM/C fully reflects the system requirements of TLVS/ MEADS in relation to deployment, networking (“plug-and-fight”), transport and mobility. The system is ITAR-free and can, therefore, be used without export restrictions by the Federal Armed Forces over its entire life cycle.

The Thales GM200 MM/C is suitable for medium-range radar applications in two additional programs of the German air force – NNbS and MANTIS surveillance radar. Here the compact system design permits loading on better-protected vehicles, such as Dingo or Boxer -– the ability to be flown on C-130J during a sortie is another unique feature. Furthermore, the GM200 MM/C is especially predestined for the German/Dutch cooperation in the ground to air defense.

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