The ever-increasing effectiveness of electronic warfare systems creates a great need for sensors which are undetectable and insensitive to ECM. Moreover there is a need to fit smaller ships with compact highly capable defence systems and means against asymmetric tactics such as piracy and insurgency.
LIROD Mk 2 is Thales Naval Nederland's lightweight combination of a K-band pencil-beam tracking TWT radar and a TV camera. LIROD Mk 2 is well capable of meeting the requirements mentioned and is the best answer to the need. LIROD Mk 2 has been designed primarily for use as a target tracking system for gunfire control. LIROD Mk 2 can operate either as a main sensor in an autonomous weapon control system or as a secondary sensor, integrated in a combat system configuration. LIROD Mk 2 is particularly suitable for short range all-weather operation where high accuracy is required combined with low-level capability, low susceptibility to jamming and the possibility of passive operation. Thanks to its low weight, LIROD Mk 2 is ideal for fire-control on small ships.
For upgrade and ship-life-extension-programs (SLEP), the system can be adapted to long range search, identification and classification of asymmetric threats as piracy and insurgency.