SOURCE: Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.

October 28, 2014 11:04 ET

New Radars Provided by Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., to Support Improved Survivability for the Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ships

New TRS-4D Multi-Mode Naval Radars Are Lighter, Detect and Track Threats Faster and Bring Advanced Self-Defense and Situation Awareness Capabilities

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., will deliver its advanced TRS-4D naval radar for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program's adaptable Freedom variant ships beginning with LCS 17. 

The TRS-4D naval radar, a rotating version of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel TRS-4D radar going aboard the German F-125 class ships, combines multiple capabilities in a single, reliable radar to quickly generate target tracks. It is a three-dimensional, multi-mode naval radar for surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support and aircraft control.

"Superior performance and adaptability for the future are key characteristics of the TRS-4D radar," said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. "It supports LCS to affordably meet current threats and can be adapted to change over the service life of the ship. Its characteristics are an excellent match for the environments LCS will face."

Users can program the TRS-4D radar, and its AESA technology brings increased sensitivity to detect smaller targets with greater accuracy and faster track generation to increase ships' reaction time. The system also weighs less, which allows flexibility for future growth.

Both the LCS and the radar are flexible and allow for rapid technologic upgrades.

Combining multiple capabilities within a single radar is one way TRS-4D helps LCS continue to be an affordable surface combatant. It automatically detects and tracks all types of air and sea targets in support of LCS's reduced crew sizes using its AESA technology. The reliability of the TRS-4D solid state system design further enhances affordability of the LCS by keeping maintenance and lifecycle costs low.

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., is under contract with its affiliate Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to provide the TRS-4D naval radar through the Freedom variant LCS prime contractor Lockheed Martin. 

Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for operating in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world. Through its innovative modular design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures in the near term, and adapt its capabilities for changing threats and scenarios that will occur over its service life. TRS-4D meets the current LCS requirements and can be adapted to LCS missions and threats as they change in the near term and long term.

To learn more about Airbus Group, Inc.'s TRS-4D multi-mode naval radar system, visit us at 
http://northamerica.airbus-group.com/north-america/usa/Airbus-Defense-and-Space/TRS-4D/Overview.html

About Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems. Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is a division of Airbus Group, Inc., the U.S.-based operation of Airbus Group, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services.

About Airbus Group, Inc.

Airbus Group, Inc. is the U.S.-based operation of Airbus Group, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Airbus Group contributes more than $14.4 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 245,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers.

About Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises.

Contact Information