Thales launches new Ground Fire multifunction radar at Paris Air Show 2017


Thales has launched a range of latest-generation multifunction ground radar systems at the Paris Air Show this year.

Employing active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology, the Ground Fire multifunction radar is said to be capable of performing air defence and surveillance missions simultaneously.

Thales surface radar activities senior vice-president Serge Adrian said: “The latest-generation multifunction radar systems by Thales offer an unprecedented level of performance, which make them unique on the market. 

“Their multi-mission and multi-application capabilities, as well as their modular adaptability, provide our armed forces and national territories with enhanced protection.”

"The latest-generation multifunction radar systems by Thales offer an unprecedented level of performance, which make them unique on the market."

The Ground Fire systems are compact and can be installed within 15 minutes.

They can simultaneously detect and track a comprehensive range of targets, such as ballistic missiles, with continuous 360° coverage in azimuth, up to 90° coverage in elevation, and a range of 400km.

Designed to operate on any type of ground surface, the Ground Fire range system includes a mobile, truck-mounted antenna.

The transmitter / receiver modules that make up the antenna will all be identical and interchangeable, to facilitate series production and maintenance operations.

The Ground Fire range is similar to the Sea Fire family, which will be fitted on the French Navy's intermediate-size frigates.

Both families are based on the principle of modular, scalable architecture.