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Thales will supply Continuous Wave Illumination transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy


Thales will supply Continuous Wave Illumination transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy

On 31 January 2017, Thales was awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization for the delivery of 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy.

The CWI transmitter is one of the key components in the fire control chain by providing the x-band signal to illuminate the threat and allow the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), a medium-range, surface-toair US missile, to “home in” on the reflected signal. Thales’s CWI transmitter utilizes state-of-the-art Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology and incorporates a proven missile waveform generator (MWFG) building block to provide unrivalled performance. The design is scalable to support emerging missile modes and threats.

The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and the last system will be delivered in 2021. A second contract was signed for the sustainment support of the CWI systems until 2049.

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