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SMART-S Mk2 Medium to Long Range (S-Band) Solid State Surveillance Radar
 
 
SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.
 
Description

SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.

The detection range allows the full performance of new medium-range SAM-systems such as ESSM. Graceful
degradation through the use of multiple solid state transmit modules and multiple receive channels ensures robust performance throughout the spectrum of military operations.

 
Technical Data
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Technology and design
Through the use of Doppler processing SMART-S Mk2 can detect even the stealthiest of targets in a cluttered
environment by measuring radial speed directly. As a multibeam radar SMART-S Mk2 offers the long dwell time per target required for good radial speed measurements.
SMART-S Mk2 is designed for ease of maintenance and can support maintenance free missions. This is achieved by reducing single points of failures (graceful degradation), high MTBF per component, low MTTR and solidstate transmit modules.
SMART-S Mk2 is easy to install on board. The antenna uses electronic stabilization. The solid state transmit modules are integrated in the antenna meaning no separate transmitter cabinet and waveguide are required. Foot print reduction is achieved through the use of powerful processing boards housed in a single processing cabinet. The total system weight is comparable to that of 3D G-band radars!
Missions
SMART-S Mk2 is an optimal sensor for target indication to a fire control tracking system. By providing 3D tracks the radar supports correct classification and rapid acquisition. The elevation accuracy is high (even in case of multipath by using receive beams below the horizon) and suited to directly launch fire and forget missiles. SMART-S Mk2 is well suited for detection of helicopters due to dedicated rotor hub detection capabilities. For guidance of helicopters and UAVs it can use very short pulses, providing a short minimum range.

Functional Aspects:
• 3D Air Surveillance with Fast Target alerts
• Surface Surveillance
• Surface Gun Fire Support
• Jammer Surveillance
• IFF Interrogation Support
Features
» Excellent performance in the Littoral environment
» Supports full performance of ESSM
» Solid State Transmitter integrated in the Antenna
» Low antenna sidelobes
» Very small below deck footprint; just 2 small sized cabinets
» Easily integrated with many CMS systems, both Thales and non-Thales
» Short-range capabilities for surface detection, helicopter and UAV control
» IFF antenna and optional integration with IFF system.
» Fully automatic detection and tracking
» Dedicated ECCM techniques
» Two operating modes: medium range up to 150 km at 27 RPM and long range up to 250 km at 13.5 RPM
 
Specifications
Performance
Maximum Instrumented range
Maximum elevation coverage
Minimum Range
Tracking 3D capacity
Surface Fire Control Windows
Elevation accuracy
Bearing accuracy
Range accuracy
Small missile detection
MPA detection
250 km
70 degrees
150 meters
500 targets
3
< 10 mrads
< 5 mrads
< 20 meters
~ 50 km
~ 200 km
Antenna
Horizontal beamwidth : approx. 2 degrees
Illumination patterns : Wide beam and Narrow beam
Antenna rotation speed : 13.5/27 RPM
Stabilisation : electronic
Very low sidelobes, Integrated IFF antennaa
Current Platforms
MILGEM class - Turkish Navy
G class - Turkish Navy
Sigma 9813 class - Royal Moroccan Navy
Sigma 10513 class - Royal Moroccan Navy
Almirante Padilla class - Colombian Navy
Guaiquerí class - Venezuelan Navy
Khareef class - Royal Navy of Oman
Cassard class - French Navy
Halifax class - Royal Canadian Navy
Absalon class - Royal Danish Navy
Transmitter
Frequency band: E/F-band (excluding ATC and
communication bands)
Solid State transmit modules integrated in Antenna
Transmitting modes: sectorwise reduced or full power
Broadband frequency operation and frequency agility
Processing
Digital beamforming, resulting in 12 simultaneous receive beams
Multipath suppression using a beam under the horizon
Digital pulse compression
Doppler processing using FIR filters, radial speed determination & automatic thresholding of clutter & jamming
Advanced CFAR techniques
Multiple hypothesis tracking based on multiple target models
Classification support
 
Detailed View
SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.
     
SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.
     
SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.
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SMART-S Mk2, the newest Thales Naval 3D multibeam radar, is optimized for medium-to-long range air and surface surveillance and target designation. This state-of-the-art radar is an excellent performer in complex littoral environments with their mix of sea, land, rain, thunderstorms and targets such as multiple small surface ships, helicopters and anti-ship missiles.
 
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