The UK Royal Navy’s and Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (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 RN’s 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.
Five shore facilities will also benefit from SharpEye technology, including HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, and the Land Based Test Site at Portsdown Technology Park in Hampshire. The contract with Lockheed Martin also includes options for the introduction of navigation radar systems for future Royal Navy platforms such as the Queen Elizabeth carriers, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship and Successor submarines.
SharpEye is available in both I (X) and E/F (S) frequency bands. These share a high degree of component commonality due to their similar modular design and system architecture.
The solid-state radar transceiver transmits a low power, patented pulse sequence incorporating pulse compression that enables superior range discrimination across all range scales. This means that multiple operators can have access to an optimum picture at both long and short ranges simultaneously.
Doppler processing of radar returns provides coherent information concerning a target’s velocity and improves the probability of detection of small objects with a low RCS (Radar Cross Section). Through a series of electronic filters, SharpEye is able to distinguish between targets of interest and clutter whilst customisable waveforms can be configured for specific threats and to enhance the detection of specific targets of interest such as UAVs and helicopters.
The radar’s low power output also reduces the probability of detection by enemy ESM equipment.
Rohan Dearlove, Kelvin Hughes’ UK Maritime Sales Director, said, “The provision of SharpEye under this contract supports the MOD’s desire for technological convergence, with similar radars being already in service with the Fleet and selected for MOD programmes such as the Tide class tankers and the new OPVs.”
“This would extend the operational benefits associated with technological convergence to the newer vessels types such as Type 45, the two new carriers and future Type 26 and general purposes frigates,” he added.
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
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has selected Kelvin Hughes to supply SharpEye radars and an Agile Tracker as part of Lockheed Martin prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying their S-Band solid state upmast 2D navigation and surveillance radar SharpEyeTM, for two ship sets along with their tactical Naval MantaDigitalTM display software and processors
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 –
UK based Kelvin Hughes has won a contract to supply its SharpEye Doppler radar system to the second of the Pakistan Navys Agosta 90B-class (also known as the Khalid-class attack submarine) upgrade program. Working with Turkish defence contractor STM, the main contractor for the refurbishment programme, Kelvin Hughes will supply the SharpEye system to the first submarine in 2018 and the second in 2019
Kelvin Hughes is to supply Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) two SharpEye navigation radars along with multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navys Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP). The Philippine Navy FAP was awarded to HHI in October 2016 to build two 2,600 ton frigates for hand over starting in 2020
Kelvin Hughes has trumpeted benefits of its SBS-900-4 SharpEye radar system. Selecting the right radar sensor for a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) or Coastal Surveillance application can be challenging and trying to balance the correct radar sensor technologies with budgetary restrictions, often leads to compromising on the radar frequency band selected (X or S-Band)
Hughes Network Systems has signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space to provide tactical military communications requirements around the globe. Airbus Defence and Space will distribute all models of the Hughes HM System, a satellite networking technology engineered around its software-definable modem (SDM) and scrambled code multiple access (SCMA) waveform, the company announced Tuesday
Kelvin Hughes announced that it is supplying its SharpEye navigation radar for the Republic of Singapore Navy's Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) programme. The lead ship of the fleet, Independence, was delivered in May of this year equipped with two I-Band (X-band) SharpEye systems
Kelvin Hughes has installed and commissioned SharpEye radar system on the South African Navys fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg. In addition to X and S Band SharpEye radars the system includes IMO compliant displays and a dedicated tactical display with Kelvin Hughes Advanced Agile Tracker for helicopter approach and control, the company said in a statement Thursday
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