Το SeaFire στις Belharra | Βλέπει ταυτόχρονα 800 στόχους και χτυπά 16

Το SeaFire στις Belharra – Βλέπει ταυτόχρονα 800 στόχους και χτυπά 16

Στα ναυπηγεία της Naval Group παραδόθηκε το πρώτο ραντάρ τύπου SeaFire και θα τοποθετηθεί στη φρεγάτα τύπου FDI που ναυπηγείται.

Από την κατασκευάστρια εταιρεία Thales το εν λόγω ραντάρ παραδόθηκε στα γαλλικά ναυπηγεία της Naval Group.

Θα τοποθετηθεί στην πρώτη φρεγάτα τύπου FDI που ναυπηγείται ήδη και θα έχει ολοκληρωθεί στις αρχές του 2023.

Το SeaFire είναι το νέο ραντάρ διάταξης AESA της Thales με εμβέλεια 300 χιλιομέτρων, ικανότητα παρακολούθησης έως και 800 στόχων ταυτόχρονα και εμπλοκής τουλάχιστον 16 εξ αυτών με τους πυραύλους επιφανείας -αέρος με τους οποίους είναι εξοπλισμένο το πλοίο-φορέας του ραντάρ.

Η Thales κατασκευάζει συνολικά 5 ραντάρ του τύπου τα οποία προορίζονται για τις νέες φρεγάτες FDI του Γαλλικού Ναυτικού και θα ναυπηγηθούν μέσα στην τρέχουσα δεκαετία.

Σε περίπτωση που η Ελλάδα επιλέξει τις γαλλικές FDI (Belhara) για τη νέα φρεγάτα του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού, το ραντάρ αυτό θα είναι και το κύριο χαρακτηριστικό τους.

Παρά τις αναφορές ότι η παράδοση του πρώτου ραντάρ του τύπου θα καθυστερούσε πιθανότατα από την Thales, αυτό τελικά δεν ίσχυσε και η εταιρεία παρέδωσε το πρώτο πλήρως λειτουργικό SeaFire στο Γαλλικό Ναυτικό εντός του χρονοδιαγράμματος.

Μία μόνο FDI γαλλική φρεγάτα, εξοπλισμένοι με πυραύλους Aster 30, μπορεί να καλύψει αντιαεροπορικά το ίδιο πεδίο με τέσσερις φρεγάτες, εφοδιασμένες με ESSM και τα ραντάρ περιστρεφόμενου τύπου.

Έτσι μία ελληνική Belharra θα μπορεί να ελέγχει μία επιφάνεια 15.000 τετραγωνικών χιλιομέτρων, όταν οι αμερικανικές MMSC (σ.σ. με πυραύλους ESSM) θα μπορούν να καλύψουν μόνο 4.000 τετραγωνικά χιλιόμετρα.

The SEA FIRE – a game-changer
 

Providing simultaneous long range 3D Surveillance, Horizon Search, Surface Surveillance and Fire Control for the ASTER missile family, the Sea Fire provides early warning of potential attacks. It’s 300km air coverage can detect & track more than 800 objects simultaneously without saturation up to 90° elevation and it provides surface coverage up to the horizon. 


Thanks to the unique full digital software-controlled processing, the Sea Fire delivers superior performance for all missions through dynamic radar resource management with very short response times. Designed with a very high level of redundancy for graceful degradation and natively HUMS, predictive maintenance capacities offer optimised mission and operational availability.


 From concept to reality, Sea Fire will equip the new French FDI Frigates.

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Sea Fire, the World’s most capable compact 4D AESA Multi-Function Radar

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Thales press release

Launched in 2014, the first of the five Sea Fire AESA digital radars for French Navy’s future Frégate de Défense et d’Intervention (FDI) arrived at the Lorient shipyard on April 27th 2021 for integration on the first vessel.

Today’s naval forces face faster, more manoeuvrable and increasingly complex threats. Vessels need protection from conventional ballistic or air threats, surface and asymmetric threats, but also from high-velocity and saturation attacks. At the same time, they have to take into account reduced crewing requirements, the need for improved maintenance and the imperatives of cybersecurity.

Sea Fire is the solution of choice for commanders responsible for ensuring vessel survivability in the face of a rapidly expanding array of threats. With its fully solid-state four-panel AESA antenna, Sea Fire can search for air and surface targets simultaneously, scanning an area of several hundred square kilometres with 360° coverage in azimuth, 90° in elevation and an unmatched refresh rate.

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The first SeaFire radar array at the Thales facility in Limours in 2019.

This digital radar is at the forefront of technological innovation and benefits from all Thales’s Big Data and cybersecurity expertise. Subsequent software developments will further improve the product’s performance and operational availability throughout its lifecycle. The huge volumes of data generated by each panel — in the order of one terabit per second — can be processed using advanced algorithms to optimize the radar’s performance in its specific operating environment. This new AESA fixed-array radar offers twice the operational availability of earlier-generation radar systems with mechanically scanned antennas.

Manufactured in Limours, south of Paris, with the involvement of a French network of small medium- sized companies, the Sea Fire started production in May 2018 and successfully passed initial qualification tests late 2020. Despite difficulties caused by the Covid-19 crisis, Thales aligned with the initial schedule planned, delivering the first of five Sea Fire radars on time to the Lorient shipyard for integration.

“Drawing on more than 70 years of Thales experience in the field of surface radars, the Sea Fire is designed to help navies to counter all types of threats, from slow-moving targets to supersonic missiles. Thales is proud to be on board the future FDI frigates with a digital radar that brings modern frigates the same power and performance as a destroyer and ensures that commanders can fulfil their mission with optimum safety.”


Rémi Mongabure, Bids Director for multifunction radars at Thales

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Naval News comments:

SEA FIRE Next Gen Radar System Begins Testing at Shore Integration Facility 5
Artist impression of the future FDI / Amiral Ronarc’h-class Frigate of the French Navy (seen here in its final configuration). DGA picture.

The SEA FIRE is a multi function radar consisting in four non-rotating arrays (similar to the Lockheed Martin SPY-1 family of radars) and benefiting from the latest gallium nitride (GaN) high-power amplifier technology (similar to Raytheon SPY-6 family).

The SEA FIRE provides early warning of potential attacks from conventional and emerging air and surface threats using long-range 3D surveillance, horizon search, and surface surveillance. Its 360-degree coverage can track 800 objects simultaneously without saturation at a range of up to 500 kilometers in the air and 80 kilometers on the surface.

Besides the FDI frigates (including those proposed to the Hellenic Navy), Thales is already pitching its new radar for export (likely for the Republic of Singapore Navy’s MRCV program). A variant of the radar will also be fitted aboard the future aircraft carrier of the French Navy, the PANG.

Combined teams of DGA, the French Navy (Marine Nationale), Thales and Naval Group started land based tests at the so-called “shore integration facility” in September 2019. Here is our report recorded at the time: https://www.youtube.com/embed/64R9O2F54ns?feature=oembed

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