French defence procurement agency (DGA) selected Thales Coast Watcher 100 radars for surveillance of coastal waters near its two missile test sites.
According to the contract, two Coast Watcher 100s to be delivered by the end of 2020. The radars will be installed at the DGA missile test ranges of Mediterranean Sea and Landes. Thales will provide through-life support and security maintenance for seven years.
High-performance Coast Watcher 100 radar enables optimal detection of small maritime threats in challenging environments (high sea states, rain, etc.) and low-altitude airborne threats.
Developed, manufactured and installed by Thales, the Coast Watcher 100s will ensure optimal protection for tactical test areas, monitor maritime traffic in and around those areas and detect any intrusive threats. Our customer needs to know the real-time positions of all platforms involved in tests and must be able to respond immediately to any threats. To meet these requirements, Thales designs extremely precise sighting, detection and identification systems and solutions.
This X-band long-range radar detects from inflatables, jet skis and other small craft to commercial aircraft and warships. This enables fast decisions at every decisive moment and deployment of the most appropriate and effective responses.
About thirty Coast Watcher 100 are in service in several countries.