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4 (out to an instrumented range of 1,000 km) over a specific sector, while also maintaining AAW coverage. ELR coverage is possible in an elevation sector between 0-70°, and the radar can also perform integrated AAW and BMD tracking. A second dedicated 'staring' BMD mode is also available in which the SMART-L EWC antenna is stopped to scan a specific sector out to a maximum instrumented range of 2,000 km. is staring mode enables close control of the time spent searching in a certain direction, enables longer observation times (increasing the time on target) and improves accuracy through multibeam operation in azimuth. e Netherlands' investment in SMART-L EWC provides a firm foundation for the wider exploitation of this innovative sensor technology among allied navies and, as an upgrade path for SMART-L and S1850M, offers NATO partners a viable, low-risk means to endow their latest AAW ships with a flexible and credible BMD early warning capability. SMART-L EWC offers a truly smart solution absolutely consistent with the Alliance's concept of Smart Defence. MART-L EWC has been purposely designed to perform BMD search and track tasks in four dimensions (elevation, bearing, range and velocity) without detriment to its AAW function. So as well as providing initial BMD detection, tracking, trajectory prediction, impact point and launch point estimation, and cueing for a fire control weapon and/or missile interceptor, the system also retains all AAW performance in its standard rotating mode. Furthermore, SMART-L EWC offers a flexible BMD search strategy in order that it can be applied both in forward and rearward roles by selecting the appropriate search beam. In a forward-deployed early warning role, a narrow 'fence' beam is transmitted to detect ascending missiles. In a point defence role, a wide beam Thales Nederland info@nl.thalesgroup.com www.thalesgroup.com/smart-l Performance without compromise S with high elevation coverage is used to detect descending missile threats. Although the upper atmosphere is far less cluttered than the sub-20,000 m AAW environment, there are still extraneous objects (such as satellites) to discriminate. Doppler processing and active tracks used for confirmation collectively contribute to a low false alarm rate. BMD early warning can be performed in one of two operational modes. In the first, a combined mode, the SMART-L EWC radar combines AAW and ELR transmit patterns so that both functions can be performed concurrently. is mode offers ELR operation

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