Danish navy getting constant wave illumination transmitters

Constant wave illumination transmitters for the Danish navy's ESSM missile systems are being supplied by Thales.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Feb. 16, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Royal Danish Navy is to receive from continuous wave illumination transmitters from Thales for integration with ESSM fire control systems.

The CWI transmitter provides the X-band signal to illuminate a threat and allow the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, or ESSM, to home in on the target.

"The CWI transmitter is an important product in our strategy as it strengthens our ability to provide complete ESSM fire control solutions in the market," said Geert van der Molen, Surface Radars and Above Water Systems vice president at Thales in the Netherlands.

Thales is to deliver 14 systems for use aboard Denmark's Absalon-class and Iver Huitfeldt-class vessels. The first system will be delivered in 2019.

Sustainment support for the equipment will be provided by Thales until 2049.

The transmitters utilize state-of-the-art gallium nitride technology and incorporate a missile waveform generator. Thales said the design is scalable to support emerging missile modes and threats.

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