HENSOLDT and Thales jointly equip F126 frigates

27. April 2022

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has signed a contract worth more than one hundred million euros with Thales, the mission combat systems integrator, to supply its TRS-4D naval radar for the German Navy’s future F126 multi-purpose frigates.

Commissioned in 2020, the F126 programme is the latest frigate programme of the German Navy. The F126 class will consist of four ships (with an option for two more); the programme also includes several shore-based test and training sites. The first F126 frigate is expected to be delivered to the customer in 2028. The entire programme has a duration of more than ten years.

HENSOLDT’s TRS-4D radar will be installed in its non-rotating version with four fixed antenna arrays. The integration of the radar on the ships and shore installations will be carried out by Thales to deliver an operational and combat system that meets German requirements.

The first deliveries are scheduled for 2025. With this system, in combination with other systems and sensors on board, F126 is able to operate in the most complex maritime environments, contributing internationally to ensure safety and stability.

Gerben Edelijn, Vice President of Thales Above Water Systems, says: “We are pleased to work with HENSOLDT to equip the F126 frigate with a sensor solution that fully meets the German requirements. There is a long tradition of cooperation between the German and Dutch navies and industry, producing impressive results, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.”

“Our TRS-4D and its high-end components are deployed on several German Navy vessels and offer the customer a high degree of commonality,” said Markus Rothmaier, Vice President Naval & Ground Radars at HENSOLDT. “I am proud that together with Thales’ sensor technology and combat system, we can offer the German Navy a comprehensive and truly European solution.”

Radars from the TRS-4D product family are already in service in various versions on board German Navy vessels, including the F125 frigate and the K130 corvette (second batch). The system benefits from continuous product improvements and advantages in spare parts supply and training. For this reason, the TRS-4D NR was pre-selected by the German Navy.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a leading global high-tech company investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – that are crucial to the development of our societies. The Group provides solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organisations and nations – in defence, aerospace, transport and digital identity and security to fulfil their critical missions by putting people at the centre of all decision-making processes.

With 81,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of 16.2 billion euros in 2021.

HENSOLDT and Thales equip the new F126 frigates of the German Navy with powerful sensor technology. [Photo: Damen Naval]