Norwegian and German 212CD subs receive next-gen AI nav-radars
MADRID ($1=0.95 Euros) — Indra has received contracts from the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace for more than 70 million euros [$72.9 million] to equip the combat systems of the future type 212CD [common design] submarines of Norway and Germany with intelligent electronic defense systems that include the latest generation technologies and with low-probability-of-intercept navigation radars that provide maximum capability to accomplish any mission and speed up decision-making.
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Indra’s CEO, Ignacio Mataix, stated that “with these contracts, Indra strengthens its position as one of the major European leaders in advanced technology engineering for platforms that will mark the future of defense, thereby contributing to sovereignty and autonomy of Europe”. He also added: “At Indra, we are working on digitizing the world’s most advanced armies and preparing them to face the new challenges that will arise in the coming decades.”
The company explains that it will equip the Norwegian Navy’s four submarines and the two acquired by the German Navy “with an innovative electronic intelligence system based on broadband signal interception and analysis, interferometry to determine the position of potential threats and digital reception technology to generate radar and communications intelligence”.
Through artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, the Spanish multinational details, the system includes the ability to adapt to future threats. It is also a system with a combined antenna on an integrated mast, which optimizes the use of the platform.
On the other hand, the X-band radar is Indra’s commitment to equipping submarines with dual continuous-wave and pulsed-wave radars with high detection accuracy and low probability of detection. “It is a fully digitized, solid-state system with high-frequency flexibility and high bandwidth, capable of detecting targets with a very small radar section under the worst electromagnetic noise conditions, resisting enemy attempts to interfere with its operation”, assures the company.
This Indra suite of systems will be integrated into Kongsberg’s Orcca combat system and will play a key role in providing situational awareness above that of the adversary.
Indra is part of this project with experience in equipping the previous version of the same submarine model, the Type 212A, operated by the German, Italian and Portuguese navies, with its systems. The company now joins an ambitious international project that allows it to establish a strategic relationship with the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace [KDA].
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