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Rohde & Schwarz, Thales win German frigate contract for comms and radar electronic support measures

Rohde & Schwarz confirmed that the companies had been selected to develop their R&S KORA communications and radar electronic support measures system for Germany’s new F126 frigates.

Rohde & Schwarz confirmed that the companies had been selected to develop their R&S KORA communications and radar electronic support measures system for Germany’s new F126 frigates.

Rohde & Schwarz revealed this week that it had been selected alongside Thales to develop and install the R&S KORA communications and radar electronic support measure (ESM) system into Germany’s new F126 frigates as part of a mutual gain approach contract.

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The contract forms part of the German Navy’s construction of four new F126 frigates. The Blohm+Voss and Thales-led project hopes to deliver their first ship in 2028.

The company explained that the system, dubbed the R&S KORA, would enable the user to intercept and analyse frequencies, thus tracking and identifying a range of broadband radar and communications transmissions.

This process is achieved by examining different signals, painting a picture of the transmission scenario and thus improving the frigate’s situational awareness and early warning capabilities.

Wolfgang Marchl, vice president government solutions at Rohde & Schwarz, explained that the new radar system will enable the German Navy to overcome future warfighting scenarios.

“Rohde & Schwarz welcomes the contract and has a longstanding history of providing radio communications reconnaissance systems to the German customer,” Marchl said.

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“R&S KORA enables acquisition, analysis and evaluation of radar and communications signals at sea, opening a new dimension of information. The system is modular and scalable, making it ideal for the German navy and will support future complex operational requirements.”

[Related: Rohde & Schwarz wins T-7A Red Hawk contract]

Rohde & Schwarz, Thales win German frigate contract for comms and radar electronic support measures
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