Thales wins contract renewal for maintenance of S1850M radars

According to a PR published by Thales on January 18, 2023, the Ministries of Defence of France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, represented by OCCAR, have signed a contract renewal with Thales for the maintenance and support of the S1850M volume search radars in use by their Navies.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 S1850M Long Range Air Surveillance Radar. (Picture source: BAE Systems)

Thales confirms its key position in maintaining operational availability of these radar systems and demonstrates its commitment to work more closely with its customers all over the world.

Thales signed a service contract with OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) on behalf of the French, Italian and UK Navies. This new substantial service contract covers a period of 3 years, with an additional optional 2 years. ​

The S1850M Long Range Air Surveillance Radar is a derivative of the SMART L radar. With 26 systems sold to leading European navies, SMART-L and S1850M have become a de facto NATO standard for naval long-range radar systems.

The contract, which covers a period of 3 years, with an optional additional 2 years, was signed on behalf of the three nations by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation). ​

The new service contract includes high quality support services such as desk support, an on-site technical assistance, and implementation of the Thales Customer Portal.

It includes also a yearly obsolescence scan and health check in addition to more complex tasks such as monitoring and configuration management. Thales will also annually host Customer Days, for attendance by representatives from the three Navies and OCCAR.

The S1850M radar, based on the Thales' SMART-L Volume Search Radar, is the long-range radar (LRR) of the Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS) used on the Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyers, Queen Elisabeth class Aircraft Carriers and the French and Italian class Horizon Frigates.

The S1850M system is a 3D multibeam radar designed to provide long-range air & surface surveillance and target designation. Additional capabilities can be introduced during lifetime according to customer needs.

This makes the radar future proof in case of evolving requirements. With fully automatic detection and track initiation, this radar part of the Ballistic Missile Defence System can track up to 1,000 air targets at a range of around 400 kilometres, including stealth targets in cluttered environments.