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ThalesRaytheonSystems Radar to Boost French Air Defense

By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 12, 2014
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Operators using the ThalesRaytheonSystems Grand Master 400 rad
Operators using the ThalesRaytheonSystems Grand Master 400 radar. Photo: ThalesRaytheonSystems

[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The French defense procurement agency, Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has awarded a contract to ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply the French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars. The radar systems supplied are designed to protect key assets to forces deployed in remote operations and are able to detect modern threats, such as Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs), from a wide range of altitudes. The systems will also be coupled with the NATO Air Command and Control system to provide airspace monitoring and ground-based air defense detection.

The contract is part of the Airspace Operations Command and Control System (SCCOA, for it’s name in French), a program that aims to provide airspace surveillance and control as well as air operations command capability for French forces, for which ThalesRaytheonSystems is the main supplier. France has already acquired Ground Master radars for its military bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon. In addition to delivery and through-life support of the air defense radars, the contract includes installation and civil engineering work for the Ground Master 400 radars.

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