French DGA qualified Thales Sea Fire Radar before its fit on FDI frigates

According to information published by Bourse direct on October 21, 2021, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has qualified Thales' Sea Fire digital radar following an intensive test program at Saint-Mandrier. The radar is now ready to be integrated into the combat system to be fitted to the Defence and intervention frigate (FDI) built by Naval Group.
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The Sea Fire is the latest-generation solid-state modular multifunction radar, with a four-panel AESA1 antenna, simultaneously performing long-range air and surface surveillance, as well as fire control to protect the French frigates from all types of threats in complex environments.

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 kilometers with 360° coverage in azimuth, 90° in elevation, and an unmatched refresh rate.

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.