The celebration of the delivery of the 200th electronic scanning radar* is a decisive moment for Thales teams.
In a world that is increasingly fast moving, air forces have to be capable of conducting several missions simultaneously, including reconnaissance, air defence and precision strikes. Thales helps the pilots to master environments increasingly complex in order to take quick and efficient decisions.
Thales’s active array radar addresses this fundamental requirement with added reliability, enabling pilots to manage more complex situations than was possible with conventional radar technology. The ability to perform several mission types at the same time delivers a huge boost to the operational performance of combat aircraft.
Over a period of several years, Thales’s teams have applied their solid technological expertise to the development of the RBE2 electronic scanning radar with active array technology to tailor the radar to the tactical missions carried out by Rafale combat aircraft. The RBE2 features state-of-the-art digital technologies, offering pilots greater flexibility in reconnaissance missions, and helping them to take the right decisions in real time.
The RBE2 is Europe’s first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Technology development for the RBE2 radar commenced in the 1990s, and the first Rafale equipped with the system was delivered to the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in 2012. All of the Rafale aircraft sold in export markets now benefit from this active array technology.
* Electronic scanning radar = Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) antenna and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna, known as an "active antenna".
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thales has delivered 120 PESA and 80 AESA versions of the RBE2 radar for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft. It now only produces and delivers the AESA variant.)