Paris 2023: Thales reinforces support to Estonia for defence, including low altitude airspace

The Estonian Center for Defence Investment (ECDI) has contracted Thales to supply two Ground Master 400 Alpha radars for the Estonian Air Force, complementing airspace protection offered by the previous generation’s GM400 delivered with the MRR2010 project. Estonia was one of the first countries to procure the GM400 since its launch in 2008.

The GM400α is a 3D radar with a digital architecture, tracking range up to 515km, and good low altitude detection, including slow moving UAV’s. Thales says the easy-to-deploy Ground Master (GM) radars have become highly survivable assets for detecting all kinds of threats at long range and at low altitude, especially where the resurgence in geostrategic confrontations has significantly increased demand for airspace protection solutions.

Thales adds GaN technology and a digital architecture offer five times more processing power in the latest GM400 Alpha, an increase in instrumented range of 10% (515km) and is ready for advanced artificial intelligence capabilities.

Estonia is historically a long-standing user of the GM400 radar since its first acquisition of 2 GM400 in 2009 for MRR2010 and mid-life upgrades in 2022. This new contract demonstrates the Estonian Center for Defence Investments (ECDI) satisfaction with Thales radar solutions. In particular, the mobility of GM400 Alpha, rather unique for a radar of this class, says the press release.

The GM400 Alpha fits into a compact 20ft container with built-in lifting systems.

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