Paris 2023: Thales secures Indonesian airspace protection contract with PT Len Industri

Thales has secured a contract with local partner PT Len to deliver 13 Ground master 400 Alpha long-range air surveillance radar and associated command and control system (SkyView) to provide airspace protection to Indonesia. The award reflects a resurgence in geostrategic confrontations and increased demand for airspace protection, says the press release. In addition to aircraft and missiles, UAVs now also constitute a threat to airspace sovereignty and Thales’ air surveillance solutions selected by PT Len are designed to strengthen Indonesia’s airspace defence capabilities.

The GM400 Alpha is designed to provide threat detection at long range and low altitude to help armed forces enhance airspace sovereignty. The digital architecture of the radar ensures that it remains resilient to new threats, cyber-attacks and electronic warfare tactics.

The SkyView command and control (C2) system covers large geographical areas to include Indonesian Air Operation Centres at local, regional and national levels. Skyview provides an integrated 360° air surveillance picture through the easy-to-deploy and combat-proven Ground Master (GM) 400 Alpha tactical radars, says Thales. As soon as the air threat is detected and identified, the relevant effectors can be selected and activated.

This contract will span the next few years with Thales building the radars and Command and Control solution and PT Len constructing the radar stations, providing the installation and integration of the systems including managing civil works for the programme, supported by Thales. PT Len will manufacture certain components of the radars locally, building local indigenous capabilities, contributing towards Indonesia’s strengthening of local defence industry.

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