Military Embedded Systems

Surface radar equipped with IFF to be delivered to French Navy


July 08, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems


UNITED KINGDOM. HENSOLDT U.K. announced it will be supplying Kelvin Hughes Mk11 SharpEye surface search radars with combined HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 IFF systems to the French Navy Patrouilleur d’Outre-Mer or POM program being built by Socarenam Shipyard in France. The POM program provides six offshore patrol vessels for the French overseas territories.

According to officials, each vessel will be supplied with a Kelvin Hughes Mk11 SharpEye X band Surveillance radar, with a co-located HENSOLDT IFF Antenna. This will be connected to the HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 NATO Mode 5 IFF system.

Officials also claim that the radar and IFF system will be used to provide surface surveillance in the vicinity of the vessel. The IFF antenna being co-located on the radar is intended to reduce the number of turning units and space required on board. 

The POM vessels will operate their own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and this system will be designed to contribute to safe UAV operations. The SharpEye Mk11 radar with combined IFF demonstrates synergies within the HENSOLDT portfolio that are designed to be an ideal radar/IFF solution for smaller vessels.


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