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The US Coast Guard has selected a multi-mode radar for its fast vessels. Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., under contract with its affiliate Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, will provide the TRS-3D Baseline D multi-mode radar (MMR) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s ninth National Security Cutter (NSC).
The radar, designated AN/SPS-75, utilizes gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver traditional TRS-3D robust performance while improving reliability and options for future development. Airbus TRS-3D radars have been aboard every NSC since the program’s inception.
According to militaryaerospace.com, the contract to provide the AN/SPS-75 MMR is with Lockheed Martin, with whom Airbus has worked to provide radars for all prior NSCs. Lockheed Martin’s intimate knowledge and experience with AN/SPS-75 technology enabled them to successfully integrate the radar with all systems required by the NSC program, and that experience carries forward into the current contract.
“The AN/SPS-75 is the right choice to meet Coast Guard requirements for a multi-mode radar,” said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. “It is currently meeting operational requirements and is consistent with Coast Guard investments in training infrastructure ashore, as well as with their existing sustainment program.”
The radar has become a global sales leader since 1995, with more units being sold than any radar in its class. Its design has matured over the years to meet evolving customer requirements and keep pace with advances in technology.
Employing state of the art GaN technology, the TRS-3D is a three-dimensional, multi-mode naval radar for air and surface surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support and aircraft control. It automatically detects and tracks all types of air and sea targets, alleviating crew workload requirements. Life cycle affordability is further enhanced by the reliability of the AN/SPS-75’s solid-state system design, keeping maintenance costs low and further contributing to lower lifecycle costs.