Danish systems and sensors house Terma unveiled a new compact tactical mission system for small ships at DSEI 2015 in London.
Based on the company's full-sized C-Flex combat management system, C-Flex Compact is a scaled-down version designed to meet the requirements of maritime patrol vessels carrying out search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement tasks. According to the company it provides situational awareness, supports efficient planning and decision-making, and contains tools for intelligence and legal evidence collection.
Speaking to IHS Jane's at the exhibition, a Terma spokesman said that the company had been developing the product over the last couple of years in order to accommodate a perceived gap in the market for small- and medium-sized combat management systems. "We've had a number of existing customers ask us for systems in that segment, so there is a growing need, and C-Flex Compact is intended to cater to that market of smaller patrol boats or offshore patrol vessels," he said.
The compact system is completely contained in one operator console, with no need for auxiliary equipment in racks or elsewhere. A set of add-on packages provides full integration with Terma's own Scanter family of surveillance radars, identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system, electro-optics, and datalink. "There are a number of standard packages or options you can choose from - in terms of sensors or weapons - that can be integrated with the system. But although these can be our products this is not necessarily essential if the customer has a preference for another system; we have some options they can choose from," the spokesman said.