Kelvin Hughes will display its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) – a lightweight, easily deployable, best-in-class radar and electro-optical system – for the very first time at Counter Terror Expo 2014, held from April 29-30 in London.
Equipped with a simple mounting interface, the SMS can be securely attached to any mast system – whether portable, vehicle-mounted or on a fixed structure –.Fitted with the SharpEye SxV radar and integrated with a wide range of electro-optical sensors the SMS can suit most operational requirements. Additional mounted options include thermal imaging cameras, long range and/or low-light optical sensors and even searchlight or loud hailing systems.
Featuring a through-shaft unit, the SMS provides a 360° pan and tilt capability with no blind arcs, enabling sensors/cameras to be mounted either side of the mechanism with SharpEye SxV radar mounted directly above. The radar is elevated above the cameras and is free from interference from any supporting structure; it is therefore in the optimum position to provide all-round coverage. The sensors or cameras can be operated independently of the radar with full rotation, pan tilt as all control cables are discreetly housed.
The Kelvin Hughes SharpEye SxV is a lightweight version of its X-band Long Range SharpEye™ radar. Its payload (circa 18kg) combined with its excellent detection performance, deriving from its solid state (i.e. no magnetron) technology, provides users with an unrivalled, lightweight, radar capability that can detect even small, moving targets in adverse weather conditions.
When the SharpEye SxV, as part of the SMS, is deployed with Kelvin Hughes’ CxEye control and integration software, the user is able to gain full situational awareness by combining radar, and camera images. CxEye can be displayed on a laptop or touchscreen device. Designed for ease of use, CxEye geo-references radar tracks on a selection of mapping tools and combines tracking and track fusion from multiple sensors in a single display, with fast ‘slew to cue’ functionality it creates a recognised situational awareness picture through a ‘detect, recognise, identify and classify’ methodology.
Jonathan Field, Director Security Sensors and Systems at Kelvin Hughes said, “When combined, the superior technology of the SharpEye SxV radar and CxEye software, the Single Mast Solution offers customers an unrivalled opportunity to deploy a state-of-the-art surveillance suite both rapidly and cost-effectively. We’re very much looking forward to demonstrating the benefits that the SMS can provide at its European launch at Counter Terror Expo.”
The UK Royal Navys and Royal Fleet Auxiliarys (RFA) more than 60 ships, submarines and shore facilities will be fitted with SharpEye radars provided by Kelvin Hughes. Working in association with Lockheed Martin who have signed a £44 million contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Kelvin Hughes will be supplying SharpEye systems for the RNs Type 23 frigates, Hunt and Sandown class Mine Counter Measure Vessels, RFA support vessels and fast patrol boats as well as the Astute, Trafalgar and Vanguard class submarines, the company said in a statement Monday
Kelvin Hughes announced Monday that it has won contract to supply their SharpEye radars for the UK Royal Navys new River class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) to be built on the Clyde. The UK Royal Navy is to receive three new OPVs to be named HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent
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