Thales to strengthen Denmark’s air surveillance and defense with GM200 radar

To strengthen their air surveillance and defense capabilities, Denmark and the Netherlands signed an agreement with Thales to acquire advanced GM200 radars.

In a development that shows the increasing importance of modern radar technology in defense, the Danish Ministry of Defense Procurement and Logistics Organization (DALO) has signed an agreement with the Dutch defense procurement agency COMMIT (Commando Materieel en IT) to acquire five Thales Ground Radars Master 200 Multi-Mission Compact (GM200 MM/C).

These radar systems have been acquired to improve Denmark’s air surveillance and defense capabilities.

Traditionally, the role of radar systems in defense has been to detect and track conventional aircraft and missiles. However, in today’s evolving threat landscape, this also includes the rise of autonomous unmanned vehicles (UAVs) and drones.

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The system leverages next-generation 4D AESA technology, providing simultaneous detection, tracking and classification of threats, including drones. This technology gives radar operators more time to gather information about incoming threats, thus enabling faster responses.

In addition, the design of the GM200 MM/C allows for easy deployment, making it suitable for various operational scenarios, such as fixed installations or highly mobile platforms. It is also equipped with software-defined radar technology, ensuring that the radar can be adapted to handle a range of threats.

The GM200 MM/C provides situational awareness, fire support and weapon tracking capabilities. These features will enhance Denmark’s air surveillance and air defense missions, giving the Danish Air Force an advantage in protecting its airspace.

Thales also secured a contract to supply the same air defense system to the Ukrainian Armed Forces to bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russian forces. Thales’ GM200 radar system has provided Ukraine’s ground forces with the ability to counter various air threats, including cruise missiles, drones, helicopters and fighter jets.

Lieutenant General Kim Jesper Jørgensen, the DALO chief, expressed his satisfaction with the acquisition, “I am very happy that we are now acquiring new mobile airspace surveillance radars. This is an advanced capability much needed by the Armed Forces, especially in light of the current serious political security situation“.

In addition to strengthening Denmark’s defence, cooperation with the Netherlands strengthens their bilateral defense ties and highlights the advantages of cooperation between smaller European countries.

Gerben Edelijn, CEO of Thales Netherlands, welcomed the government-to-government contract, “This government-to-government contract will provide the Danish Air Force and the Dutch Armed Forces with a common radar platform for future cooperation. Thales contributes to the safety and security of military personnel and high-value assets in European NATO countries and is proud to support nations in their mission of air dominance.”

In other international procurements for tactical air surveillance and weapons coordination radar systems, The UAE Armed Forces also awarded Thales a €300 million contract ($315 million) for 17 Ground Master 200 (GM200) radars.

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