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US Coast Guard orders further Hensoldt radars for Legend-class cutters

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The US Coast Guard has placed a contract for the purchase of another one of Hensoldt’s TRS-3D multi-mode naval radars as part of its Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) program.

According to the company’s announcement from September 25, the US Coast Guard awarded Hensoldt a follow-on contract worth approximately $10 million to deliver the radar system in its latest ‘Baseline D’ version, designated for installation at the Coast Guard training center (TRACEN) in Petaluma, California.

The TRS-3D Baseline D, known in the US as the AN/SPS-75, employs gallium nitride (GaN) technology and solid-state emitter technology to maintain the traditional robust performance of the TRS-3D while enhancing reliability and future development possibilities.

Hensoldt’s TRS-3D radar systems have been a part of every NSC since the program’s inception. The TRS-3D is a multi-mode naval radar with three-dimensional capabilities, used for air and surface surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support, and aircraft control. It autonomously detects and tracks various air and sea targets, reducing crew workload requirements.

“With more than 50 radars in service with Coast Guards and Navies worldwide, our TRS-3D naval radar has proven itself”, Hensoldt CEO Thomas Müller says. “We are making sure that our customers capitalize on continuous technology enhancements.”

Hensoldt has, as stated in their announcement, supplied a total of 12 radar systems to the US Coast Guard’s NSC program to date.

The ships are being built by HII with 11 units currently under construction. The builder has received long lead-time materials funds for the yet-to-be-named 12th ship, but an official construction contract is yet to be announced.