In operation on the UK Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyer, the Sampson multi-function radar is at the core of the Sea Viper naval air defence system.
It provides surveillance and dedicated tracking in a single system, enabling the Type 45 to defend itself and other ships in its company from attack. Able to simultaneously detect and track hundreds of targets, Sampson is compatible with both active and semi-active homing missile systems, providing mid-course guidance. It supports fully automatic operation where rapid reaction is required. Sampson also represents good value for money.
The picture looks fantastic. The accuracy, the speed of indication of tracks, the automation in MFR - the early indications are hugely impressive. I'm quite in awe of that particular capability.
Captain Paul Bennett OBE RN, Former Commanding Officer, HMS Daring
Its initial purchase price and through-life costs are significantly lower than systems employing separate surveillance and tracking radars. Operating costs are also minimised by the use of high reliability solid-state transmitters.