Airbus completes factory testing of naval radar system for LCS ships
The TRS-4D radar system will be used on the U.S. Navy's Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a smaller ship intended for surface combat close to shore.
Airbus developed the TRS-4D radar as a rotating version of the existing Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel radar that is being deployed on the German navy’s F-125 frigates. The first U.S. Navy ship to install the TRS 4D will be LCS-17.
This new radar uses a mix of mechanical and electronic scanning technologies to generate targets, determine their range and track their paths. The software-based radar is designed to be easily adaptable for future threats and missions.
This adaptability make the TRS-4D a good fit for the operating profile of LCS ships. The radar's technology makes it more sensitive to smaller targets and gives the system more accuracy in the near-shore zone.
"Superior performance and adaptability for the future are key characteristics of the TRS-4D radar that set it apart from other radar systems," Mike Cosentino, president of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., said.