The Royal Danish Navy will receive three Anti Air Warfare (AAW)
suites for the new frigates planned for the Danish Navy. Each
system consists of the APAR Multifunction Radar, a SMART-L Volume
Search Radar and a Fire Control Cluster. Similar systems are
already operational with German and Dutch navy frigates. The
new frigates, each displacing about 6,000 tons, will be built
by the Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. in Denmark. The vessel will
be 138.7 meter in length, and beam of 19.8 meters. The three
ships are scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Danish Navy
and replace the Niels Juel class corvettes between 2011 and
multifunction radar is configured as an active phased array
radar, operating in the I band, performing various tasks simultaneously,
including automatic detection and tracking of low altitude targets
(e.g. sea-skimmers), detection and tracking of air targets and
the support and guidance of a wide range of missiles. The complete
APAR multifunction radar consists of 4 faces covering 360 degrees
of possible threat. 3,424 Transmit/Receive elements are installed
in each of the four arrays, providing a powerful and redundant
system architecture. Interrupted Continuous Wave (CW) illumination
(ICWI) is a built-in feature of the APAR system, designed to
cope with the terminal guidance requirements of SM-2 and ESSM
missiles. APAR is the result of a tri-national development,
led by Thales Netherlands, involving governments and industries
from the Netherlands, Germany and Canada.
is a long range 3D volume search multibeam radar system operating
in the D band, capable of automatic detection, track initiation
and tracking of up to 1,000 air targets, up to a range of 400
km. Its performance has already been tested and proven to be
capable of detecting stealth targets in land clutter environment.
The AAW suite will have growth potential to offer Tactical Ballistic
Missile Defense. Such capabilities, particularly those of the
SMART-L radar have already been demonstrated with Royal Netherlands
Navy frigate participating in recent US Navy TBMD tests near
Hawaii in November and December 2006.
The design of the new frigates began in 2004.
Construction of the first ship will commence in 2008 at Odense
Steel Shipyard. The construction of the three ships is expected
to be completed in 2010-2012.