Thales has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation for 14 GaN-based Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters. These will be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy.
The CWI transmitter is one of the key components in the fire control chain by providing the x-band signal to illuminate the threat and allow the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), a medium-range, surface-to-air US missile, to ‘home in’ on the reflected signal.
Thales’s CWI transmitter uses state-of-the-art GaN technology and incorporates a proven missile waveform generator (MWFG) building block for high performance. The design is scalable to support emerging missile modes and threats.
“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, Thales’ VP of surface radars and above water systems in the Netherlands.
The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and the last system will be delivered in 2021. A second contract was signed for the sustainment support of the CWI systems until 2049.