Modified Goalkeeper CIWS passes sea trials

After the modification and upgrade processes Goalkeeper which was developed by Thales, has conducted first sea acceptance tests (SAT) recently. According to the reports Goalkeeper has accomplished fire tests successfully.

The contract for the upkeep modifications has been signed in 2012 and sea trials has been conducted six years after the sign.

The Goalkeeper SAT was performed on HNLMS Johan de Witt.

The series of tests were carried out with air targets. Tests included the detection, tracking and elimination of Kinetiq Banshee propeller and jet drones with traditional and modern inbound attack flight paths.

In order to aim surface targets, the same procedure was followed using Kinetiq Sprite II drones.

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According to Thales, total of 63 Goalkeepers have been sold to Navies across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.


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Thales to develop new sonar system for French Future SSBNs

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to develop a new sonar system for future SSBNs.

According to Thales official press release; the contract includes a period of a 42-month to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).

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This new research and development programme builds on the results of studies launched under France’s two previous defence spending plans. It will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.