GM 400 radar

ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received a contract from the French defense procurement agency (DGA) for the delivery of a third Ground Master 406 (GM 406) radar to the French Air Force.

As part of the contract, the company will supply and install a tower-mounted GM 406 radar system at the Lyon Mont-Verdun Air Force Base in Lyon, France, to serve as the core of its airspace surveillance capability.

Additional responsibilities include the supply of associated civil engineering, through-life support for three years with guaranteed operational availability of 98%, as well as information system security for the radar base.

"The company will supply and install a tower-mounted GM 406 radar system at the Lyon Mont-Verdun Air Force Base in Lyon."

The latest contract follows a previous contract secured by the company to supply a second radar for installation at Mont-Agel Air Force Base in September 2012.

ThalesRaytheonSystems France CEO Philippe Duhamel said: "This additional order for a new-generation radar confirms the trust that the DGA and the French armed forces continue to place in the radar systems developed by TRS and Thales."

The radar is scheduled to be incorporated into the air defence network of the air operations command and control system (SCCOA), to provide airspace monitoring, the SCCOA system and C3M system, Nato air command and control system (ACCS), as well as the navy and army installations.

Equipped with advanced security solutions, the radar will be used to safeguard armed forces against potential threats to information systems and data integrity, ensuring the air CC2 systems continue to deliver effective air defence protection for an area, region or country in all circumstances.

A GM 406-based radar station has already been purchased by DGA for installation at the Kourou Spaceport, located in French Guiana.

Introduced in 2008, GM 406 is a fully digital 3D air defence radar designed to safeguard vital military assets and expeditionary forces through detection of a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), missiles, mortars and rockets from very low to high altitudes.

Image: GM 400 air defence radar system of the Finnish Air Force. Photo courtesy of Thales.

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