Zr.Ms. De Zeven Provinciën combat frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) succeeded to track a hostile outer-atmosphere ballistic missile travelling at 7000 km/h and simultaneously protect a naval force against anti-ship missiles. This was realized during the At Sea Demonstration (ASD) 2015 event held in October off the coast of Scotland, United Kingdom.

This ship was equipped with a prototype version of Thales Nederland SMART-L EWC 3D extended long range radar system that will be installed on the RNLN’s De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates. The SMART-L EWC radar enables the detection of targets up to 1500 km..

SMART-L EWC tracked the Terrier-Orion ballistic missile launched from the Scottish island Benbecula well into space. The tracking information was sent through the NATO network to USS Ross ship of the U.S. Navy (USN). This ship intercepted the ballistic missile with a Raytheon Missile Systems Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) surface-to-air missile.

During the ASD 2015 event, the Dutch frigate protected the 10 ships in the squadron, at about 10 km from each other, against incoming anti-ship missiles using its Raytheon Missile Systems SM-2 and Raytheon Missile Systems ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile) missiles using its Thales Nederland APAR multifunction radar in addition to the SMART-L EWC radar.

During the ASD 2015 eight countries tested the NATO integrated air and missile defense capability.

© Maritime Tactical Ballistic Defence Forum b(ASD).

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