DRS Technologies Awarded $142 Million Contract to Produce International Naval Infrared Search And Track Systems
(Source: DRS Technologies; issued April 24, 2006)
PARSIPPANY, NJ --- DRS Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a new $142 million contract for the production of Sirius Long-Range Infrared Search and Track Systems (LR-IRST) for the Canadian Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy. Jointly developed by DRS Technologies and Thales Naval Nederland, the Sirius LR-IRST system is designed to enhance ships’ self-defense capabilities by automatically detecting and tracking anti-ship missiles and aircraft.

The contract was awarded to DRS by the Canadian Commercial Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Royal Netherlands Navy. For this award, DRS will deliver LR-IRST systems to the Canadian Navy for installation on board Halifax Class General Purpose Frigates and to the Royal Netherlands Navy for installation on De Zeven Provincien Class Air Defence and Command Frigates.

Work for this contract will be accomplished by the company’s DRS Technologies Canada Company unit in Kanata and Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, with Thales Nederland B.V. in Hengelo, the Netherlands, as a major subcontractor. System deliveries are expected to begin in March 2008 and continue through August 2011.

"The selection of DRS for this significant contract represents the culmination of a highly successful international development program, which utilized the company’s experience in advanced signal processing and electro-optical infrared systems," said Steven T. Schorer, president of DRS’s C4I Group. "By choosing to field this new sensor system, the Canadian and Royal Netherlands navies have taken an important step toward ship self-defense by augmenting the capabilities of existing radar systems. The LR-IRST system is designed to be especially useful in the expeditionary combat domain and littorals, where the risk of asymmetric threats to navies remains high."

The Sirius LR-IRST system is the most technologically advanced, next-generation system of its kind with unique processing algorithms that ensure a low false alarm rate. Proven in extensive trials in cold and warm water environments, it provides continuous passive search of the horizon and also supports a number of other ship tasks, including mine countermeasures, search and rescue, air operations, navigation and patrol. Sirius also provides high-resolution, panoramic video in day and night conditions that significantly improves situational awareness against asymmetric threats by automatically detecting and tracking small, low flying aircraft and small surface targets, which might otherwise go undetected by radar.


DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A., is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company employs approximately 10,000 people. (ends)



Thales Lands Order For 17 Sirius Systems
(Source: Thales Nederland; issued April 21, 2006)
Today, contracts were signed by representatives from the Canadian Government, the Netherlands Government, DRS Technologies Canada Company and Thales Nederland for the delivery of seventeen Sirius Infra Red Search and Track systems.

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has ordered thirteen Sirius systems and the Royal Netherlands Navy has ordered four Sirius systems. The contracts also include logistic services and the supply of spare parts. DRS Technologies is the prime contractor for this contract, with Thales Nederland acting as principal subcontractor. The Thales Nederland share of the contract has a value of well over 55 million euros.

Twelve of the Sirius systems for Canada will be installed on DND's “Halifax” class frigates. The thirteenth Canadian Sirius will be installed on a land-based training centre in Halifax. The four Sirius systems for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) will be installed on the "De Zeven Provinciën" class air defence and command frigates. Both navies will receive their first Sirius system around March 2008. All systems will be delivered before the end of 2011.

The Sirius system has been developed by DRS Technologies and Thales Nederland. As part of the development a Sirius Pre-Production Model (PPM) was built, to evaluate the system performance. This PPM was tested in a cold water environment at the Land Based Test Site in Den Helder, the Netherlands and in a warm water environment, near the Bahamas, on board the Canadian frigate HMCS Montreal. At the RNLN Land-Based Test Site, the outstanding long-range detection capabilities of the Sirius system were proven. The warm water trials demonstrated that the Sirius' target detection capabilities also excel in littoral environments. The successful trials supported the early decision of the Canadian Navy to order their Sirius systems together with the RNLN.

With this success, Thales confirms its historic position as major supplier of sensors to the Canadian Navy. This increased presence on Canadian platforms will strengthen the Thales position on the forthcoming major Canadian Navy modernization programs, expected to be launched soon, and which will include both retrofits and new platforms.

Sirius is a passive infrared search and track system that operates simultaneously in two wavelengths (3-5 µm and 8-12 µm) and provides long-range surveillance under all atmospheric conditions. As a complement to radar systems, Sirius is an Electro Optical surveillance sensor which cannot be detected. In the complex littoral environment Sirius is a perfect source of additional information for the situational awareness on board naval vessels. Particularly the TV images from Sirius can easily be interpreted by operators to support threat classification.


Thales is an international electronics and systems group serving defence, aerospace, security and services markets. The Group employs 60,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of 10.3 billion euros in 2005.
Thales Nederland, established in 1922, is one of the world’s leading companies in integrated naval systems for surveillance, weapon control, and combat management. Thales Nederland also has a distinct reputation in system integration.

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