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British Aerospace To Supply World Beating Naval Radar


;British Aerospace Defence Systems has secured the basis for a contract worth well in excess of £100 million for its world-beating Sampson multi-function radar designed to protect warships against all 21st century threats.
;The move follows the announcement by the UK, French and Italian defence ministers this week of their firm commitment to collaborate on the Principal Anti-Air Missile Systems (PAAMS) for next generation air defence frigates.
;The contract to supply Sampson for ships to replace the Royal Navy's Type 42 destroyers had previously been initialised by UKAMS, the 100% owned subsidiary of Matra BAe Dynamics. However, formal confirmation was awaiting a clearer way ahead on the three nation's new frigate programmes, which will now be pursued on a national basis.
;The supply contract, which will follow later this year, covers final development of Sampson together with production of prototypes and the first unit.
;Sampson, which is the result of 20 years research and development by UK scientists, is vastly more powerful than existing systems, can handle multiple threats simultaneously and is immune from jamming. Its advanced design allows the single radar system to perform several tasks, such as surveillance and tracking, which would otherwise require a number of separate systems.
;Clive Dolan, managing director of British Aerospace's Land and Sea Systems, said: "This is a key contract and an exciting programme, which will allow us to produce the world's most advanced naval radar system and develop derivatives for other naval and land-based roles".
;Radars based on active array technologies will progressively leave more traditional radar systems obsolete in a military environment of increasing uncertainty and more pressing threats.

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British Aerospace To Supply World Beating Naval Radar