Canada & Holland Order 17 SIRIUS Shipboard Long-Range IRST Sensors

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RNN De Zeven Provincien(click to view full) The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and the Royal Netherlands Navy have ordered 17 SIRIUS Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (LR-IRST) Systems for a total of $142 million. The Canadian Commercial Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada issued the contract on behalf of both parties, which calls for installation on all 12 of Canada’s FFH Halifax Class multi-role frigates, plus a land based combat trainer; the Netherlands is ordering another four systems for installation on their LCF De Zeven Provincien Class air defence and command frigates, bringing the grand total to 17 systems. The contracts also include logistic services and the supply of spare parts. SIRIUS was jointly developed by DRS Technologies and Thales Naval Nederland, and was designed to be especially useful in the expeditionary combat domain and littorals, where the risk of asymmetric threats like fast suicide attack boats remains high. What is SIRIUS? SIRIUS LR-IRST(click to view full) SIRIUS is a passive LR-IRST system that operates simultaneously and continuously, scanning in two wavelengths (3-5 µm and 8-12 µm) under all atmospheric conditions and in environments ranging from the Arctic to the Equator. It is touted as a “next-generation system” with […]

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