Sensor solutions specialist HENSOLDT will deliver its latest-technology Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) products to the Norwegian armed forces.
HENSOLDT was awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency a contract worth approximately €15m to deliver several MSSR 2000 ID secondary radars and LTR400 DNG transponders including cryptographic and test equipment as well as related services. The IFF systems working according to the latest Mode 5 NATO standard will be integrated into land installations in order to improve their ability to distinguish friendly from hostile forces (identification-friend- or-foe, IFF).
IFF systems, so-called secondary surveillance radars (SSR), precisely identify aircraft by automatically sending interrogation signals which are answered by so-called transponders on-board friendly aircraft. Thus, IFF enables field commanders to quickly distinguish friendly from hostile forces and helps avoiding friendly fire incidents. Unlike Mode 4 used hitherto, Mode 5 employs sophisticated encryption techniques to avoid hostile signal manipulation, thus ensuring that the identification process is absolutely reliable and secure. “Mode 5” is in the process of being introduced in all western armies as a precondition of joint operations of US/NATO and allied forces.
HENSOLDT is an expert in Mode 5 IFF. It is under contract to upgrade German, French and UK armed forces’ IFF systems to the “Mode 5” standard and has delivered IFF systems – including crypto devices – for ground and naval applications of several NATO nations. Among others, the company’s equipment is deployed on all German Navy ships as well as several UK Royal Navy and French Navy ships. In total, HENSOLDT has more than 600 IFF systems in 42 nations under contract.