Mar 26, 2013
An official ceremony was held on March 26 on Muhu island in Estonia to mark the entry into service of the first Ground Master 400 (GM 400) long-range air defense radar system supplied by ThalesRaytheonSystems to the Estonian armed forces.
The ceremony was presided by Estonia’s defense minister Urmas Reinsalu.
The system is the first of two radar systems ordered by the Estonian Air Force and is one of 14 radars of the same type ordered jointly by Finland and Estonia. The GM 400 is designed for both fixed-site operation under a radome at the Muhu base and for rapid deployment in the field. In a tactical, truck-mounted configuration with an independent power supply, it can be deployed in the field in less than two hours.
This GM 400 will be connected to the NATO network and can be interconnected with all the other air defense radars deployed across Europe. It will bring Estonia superior detection performance at low and high altitudes, higher availability and simplified maintenance.
“The entry into service of the Ground Master 400 is an important milestone in our air defense program. We look forward to the operational benefits of this new radar,” said Ingvar Pärnamäe, Undersecretary for Defence Investments of the Estonian Ministry of Defence.
“We are delighted that the GM400 radar is now supporting Estonia’s important role in the NATO air defense infrastructure. The new radar system will bring the country an operational long-range air surveillance capability and improved detection performance against a broad array of modern threats,” said Philippe Duhamel, CEO of ThalesRaytheonSystems SAS.
ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and counterbattery radars. Since its inception in 2001,ThalesRaytheonSystems has become one of the defense industry’s most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,600 people and is equally owned by Thales and Raytheon.