Netherlands orders additional Ground Master 200 radar systems from Thales

By Defence Industry Europe

The Dutch Ministry of Defence is significantly boosting its air surveillance capabilities by acquiring seven more Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission Compact radars (GM200 MM/C) from Thales, a leading French defence company. This order, facilitated by the Command Materiel and IT (COMMIT) of the Dutch military, builds on a previous acquisition of nine systems in 2019, showcasing continued trust and collaboration between Thales and the Dutch Armed Forces.


The GM200 MM/C, a state-of-the-art radar system, is designed to address the complex challenges of modern warfare by detecting, tracking, and classifying multiple targets such as UAVs, missiles, and aircraft swiftly and effectively. Its 4D Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology and unique dual-axis multi-beam capabilities provide unrestricted surveillance flexibility, crucial for protecting valuable military assets and personnel.

Jarno Ursum, project manager at COMMIT, expressed strong confidence in the radar’s capabilities, underscoring the strategic partnership with Thales. “With this additional procurement, we continue the strong cooperation with Thales that has been the basis for the development of this radar,” Ursum stated.

The Ground Master 200 Multi-Mission family, which includes both the compact GM200 MM/C and the all-in-one GM200 MM/A, represents the cutting edge in radar technology. These systems are highly mobile and can be quickly deployed, characteristics that are vital for modern military operations that require rapid response and adaptability.

Gerben Edelijn, CEO of Thales Netherlands, highlighted the significance of this ongoing partnership. “We greatly appreciate that the Royal Dutch Armed Forces confirmed their trust in the GM200 MM/C by acquiring 7 more systems, with two in option. Thales is proud to support the safety and security of military personnel, and to contribute to the air sovereignty of European NATO nations,” Edelijn said.

The GM200 MM/C radars are mounted on the Scania Gryphus truck, enhancing their tactical mobility. This setup enables the radars to be operational within a minute of arriving at a location, a critical feature in modern warfare where speed and flexibility are paramount.



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