Airbus MMR Selected for USCG 9th NSC from Ingalls Shipbuilding

U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753)
Selection introduces solid-state technology while preserving commonality with earlier National Security Cutters, shore-based training infrastructure and sustainment programs (Pictured here the USCG NSC Hamilton (WMSL 753))

Airbus Defense and Space, under contract with its affiliate Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, will provide the TRS-3D Baseline D multi-mode radar (MMR) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s ninth National Security Cutter (NSC).

The TRS-3D Baseline D, designated AN/SPS-75, utilizes gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver traditional TRS-3D robust performance while improving reliability and options for future development.

TRS-3D (AN SPS-75) radar provides information superiority in maritime security
TRS-3D (AN SPS-75) radar provides information superiority in maritime security

Airbus TRS-3D radars have been aboard every NSC since the program’s inception.

“The AN/SPS-75 is the right choice to meet Coast Guard requirements for a multi-mode radar,” said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.

Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense
Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense

“It is currently meeting operational requirements and is consistent with Coast Guard investments in training infrastructure ashore, as well as with their existing sustainment program.”

The contract to provide the AN/SPS-75 MMR is with Lockheed Martin, with whom Airbus has worked to provide radars for all prior NSCs.

Lockheed Martin’s intimate knowledge and experience with AN/SPS-75 technology enabled them to successfully integrate the radar with all systems required by the NSC program, and that experience carries forward into the current contract.

Since its introduction in 1995, the radar became a global sales leader with more units being sold than any radar in its class. In the U.S. market, it is in the U.S. Navy inventory aboard Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships and in the Coast Guard inventory aboard all NSCs, as well as at the service’s shore-based training center in Petaluma, Calif.

Its design has matured over the years to meet evolving customer requirements and keep pace with advances in technology.

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Employing state of the art GaN technology, the TRS-3D is a three-dimensional, multi-mode naval radar for air and surface surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support and aircraft control.

It automatically detects and tracks all types of air and sea targets, alleviating crew workload requirements. Life cycle affordability is further enhanced by the reliability of the AN/SPS-75’s solid-state system design, keeping maintenance costs low and further contributing to lower lifecycle costs.

To learn more about the TRS-3D multi-mode naval radar system, visit Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., at the 2017 Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium in Arlington, Va., Jan. 10 to 12.

Legend-class National Security Cutters for US Coast Guard

(To Learn More, view the launch of the seventh USCG National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) on Saturday, Dec. 17 by Ingalls Shipbuilding at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.)

The ninth National Security Cutter will be build by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding division following their receipt in December, of a $486 million fixed-price incentive contract from the U.S. Coast Guard.

“With the experience and knowledge our shipbuilders bring to this program, I am confident NSC 9 will be another great ship and continue the great success on this program,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias
Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias

“These ships remain in high demand by our Coast Guard customer, and we look forward to delivering another quality NSC to help them accomplish their vital homeland security missions.”

NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters, which entered service during the 1960s.

Ingalls has delivered six NSCs and has two more under construction: Kimball (WMSL 756) and Midgett (WMSL 757).

These ships are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

“We are extremely proud of the quality of the NSCs we’ve built for the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Derek Murphy, Ingalls’ NSC program manager.

“As we continue to be the sole builder in this class, the benefits of serial production are apparent: technologically advanced, dependable ships that are built at cost and on schedule.”

Legend-Class National Security Cutters are the flagships of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are the most technologically advanced ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet, with capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions. NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load.

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They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

The Legend class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.