Four frigates of the De Zeven Provinciën-class belonging to the Royal Netherlands Navy will get Thales’ SMART-L Multi Mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)-type of radars.
The lead ship of the class HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën has already been equipped with the radar that will provide the ship with air and missile defense capability.
According to the company, the SMART-L MM is a next generation Long Range Multi Mission Radar for Air and Space Surveillance and Ballistic Missile Detection. The digitally controlled AESA type of radar, applying GaN transmitter and Dual Axis Multibeam receiver technology, is capable of detecting air and space objects including stealth, short up to long range ballistic missiles and space objects. The SMART-L MM is capable of surveillance and tracking of Ballistic Missiles up to 2000 km while simultaneous maintaining the Air Defence capability. Aboard these vessels, the MM variant replaces the existing SMART-L radars.
Frigates belonging to this class are advanced air-defence and command frigates also known as LCF (Luchtverdedigings- en commandofregat, air defense and command frigate). The ships are similar to the German Sachsen-class frigates in role and mission. The primary anti-aircraft weapons of the warships are the point defence Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and the area defence RIM-66 Standard Missile (SM-2) Block IIIA. The Mk 41 Vertical Launch System is used to house and launch these missiles. 32 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and 32 Standard Missile SM-2 Block IIIA are carried. The Navy is currently investigating the use of these ships for the role of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD).