Thales and Weibel Scientific, a Danish advanced doppler radar manufacturer, signed a contract on 25 January, for the acquisition of 12 Weibel Xenta short-range ground mission radars for a Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) solution within the Thales radar portfolio. The contract cements the relationship between the two companies only four months after signing a cooperation agreement at the Danish Embassy in Paris.
The increasing variety of air threats is challenging airspace sovereignty and air defence more than ever. Having a proven layered architecture for defence helps protect against complex, emerging threats such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), which are becoming ubiquitous to theatres of operations, presenting a new range of challenges for detection. The advanced Thales GBAD solution offers a bubble of protection for short, mid and long-range, with excellent detection capabilities.
Leveraging on Thales’ international experience, full digital radar technology, expertise in various bands and leading provider of defence mission solutions, this cooperation will benefit clients with a top class ground based short-range solution with outstanding CUAV performances. In particular, this common offer cements the partnership between the two companies for the future Danish GBAD proposal ensuring maximum value for the Danish Armed Forces and the Danish defence industry, with a proven and leading turnkey solution.
The new contract sets another milestone for the European commercial relations between the Danish and French defence industry, and underlines Thales’ commitment to invest locally through industrial partnerships and collaborations.
"It is at the core of Thales strategy to work together with local industry players and engage in local markets. The new contract strengthens the cooperation between Weibel and Thales, positioning both companies for future opportunities, reinforcing close collaboration and ties between the Danish and French defence industry,” Tommy Ayouty, CEO Thales in Denmark stated.
”This contract illustrates the value and strength of our partnership. Thales and Weibel Scientific are a great match because our highly advanced and specialized radar technology compliments Thales vast portfolio, perfectly. With this contract, our ambition of becoming the number one radar supplier within Short Range Air Defence and Counter UAS is one step closer to fruition,” Frode Scott Nilsen, CEO of Weibel Scientific stated.