APAR is the world's first Active Phased Array Multifunction radar operating in the I-band (X-band) for naval Area Defence. Furthermore, worlds first to control multiple Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles and Standard Missile 2's in parallel, thanks to the innovative ICWI guidance mode (see separate ICWI entrance).
It automatically and simultaneously performs search, track and weapon control tasks. APAR's horizon search offers an outstanding capability against asymmetric tactics.
APAR is the multifunction radar in the Anti-Air Warfare system (AAW) on board of the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeven Provinciën class, German Navy F124 Sachsen class and under installation for the Royal Danish Iver Huitfeldt class.
The AAW system is the outcome of the NATO Anti Air Warfare Study and combines Apar, the Smart-L long range surveillance radar and the Sirius infrared search and track system, to form a world class AAW suite with proven performance.
APAR and the AAW system fully support the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) and Standard Missile 2 in the innovative ICWI guidance mode, as proven by a stressing series of live firings.
APAR's search function is optimised to detect very small targets at the horizon, also in a littoral environment. By realizing a short time between initial detection and fire control quality track, APAR creates maximum battle space against seaskimming missiles.
APAR can simultaneously support many AAW and ASuW engagements, creating unsurpassed fire power to protect the own ship and a fleet unit from saturation attacks. APAR has unique target indication capabilities for multiple remote controlled small arms.
Because APAR is a software defined radar, mission adaptation is a core capability. As part of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, during operation Atalanta, APAR has proven that its horizon search offers an outstanding capability against asymmetric tactics. Dow's, skiffs and other small objects where detected on unprecedented distances.