Airbus Completes FAT of TRS-4D AESA Radar for Freedom-Class LCS

Posted on December 7, 2015 Josh Parker Aircraft News

Airbus Defense and Space has recently completed factory acceptance testing for its new TRS-4D naval radar system, which is fully expected to be used aboard the US Navy's Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) beginning with LCS 17. Unlike previous iterations of the TRS-4D, this new version for the US NAVY will rotate instead of staying fixed.

The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology used in the TRS-4D is ideal for any and all situations encountered by LCS class ships. TRS-4D radar is capable of detecting small objects as well as predicting enemy movements. Additionally, the entire system is fully customizable, enabling users to adapt it to many different types of missions and threats.

Superior performance and adaptability for the future are key characteristics of the TRS-4D radar that set it apart from other radar systems, said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. It supports the LCS evolution to a fast frigate, meets current and future threats, and can readily be adapted to change over the service life of the ship.

To further elaborate on the TRS-4D, it allows for unrivaled surveillance and threat detection capabilities. This is especially true for the rotating version, as it utilizes both electronic scanning technology and mechanical rotation to provide users with highly accurate contact information. Additional benefits include superior reaction times, advanced high priority targeting, extended mission availability, lower weigh than previous versions, and network enabled capabilities.

As for the LCS vessels themselves, they are produced in two different variants: the Independence class and the Freedom class. The TRS-4D will be placed aboard the Freedom variant, but no word on whether they will also be added to the Independence variant. Undoubtedly, the TRS-4D will be a crucial asset of Freedom-class LCS vessels moving forward.

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