Norwegian Armed Forces Receives Latest IFF Technology

HENSOLDT will provide its MSSR 2000 ID secondary radars and LTR400 DNG transponders including cryptographic and test equipment as well as related services By DA Staff / 08 Jul 2022
Norwegian Armed Forces Receives Latest IFF Technology
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HENSOLDT will deliver its latest Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) technology products to the Norwegian Armed Forces under a new contract awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency worth approximately €15 million.

The company will deliver several MSSR 2000 ID secondary radars and LTR400 DNG transponders including cryptographic and test equipment as well as related services. 

The IFF systems working according to the latest Mode 5 NATO standard will be integrated into land installations in order to improve their ability to distinguish friendly from hostile forces (IFF).

IFF systems, or Secondary Surveillance Radars (SSR), precisely identify aircraft by automatically sending interrogation signals which are answered by so-called transponders on-board friendly aircraft. IFF therefore enables field commanders to quickly distinguish friendly from hostile forces and helps avoid friendly fire incidents. 

Unlike previously used Mode 4, Mode 5 employs sophisticated encryption techniques to avoid hostile signal manipulation, thus ensuring that the identification process is absolutely reliable and secure. Mode 5 is in the process of being introduced in all western armies as a precondition of joint operations of US/NATO and allied forces.

HENSOLDT is under contract to upgrade German, French and UK Armed Forces’ IFF systems to the Mode 5 standard and has delivered IFF systems – including crypto devices – for ground and naval applications of several NATO nations. In total, HENSOLDT has more than 600 IFF systems in 42 nations under contract.

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