Kelvin Hughes has won a contract to supply the I-band SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system as part of a mid-life upgrade program for the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B-class submarines (also known as the Khalid class diesel electric attack submarine).
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, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Traditionally, submarines only tend to use radar for navigation when entering or leaving port, because high-power RF transmissions can compromise their ability to remain undetected when used in more open waters. However, with its low power, pulse Doppler transmission technology, SharpEye can provide a reduced probability of intercept which significantly lowers the risk of the submarine being detected but without compromising the target detection performance of the radar.
The SharpEye™ transceiver can be located within the pressure hull, making use of the existing bulkhead infrastructure, antenna rotational drive and waveguide connections.
Doppler processing of the radar returns means that more targets can be detected, earlier and at a longer range. Delivering improvements in sub-clutter visibility of approximately 30dB, SharpEye™ can identify small, low RCS (Radar Cross Section) targets, even in adverse weather conditions.
A series of electronic filters enables SharpEye™ to distinguish between targets of interest and unwanted sea and rain clutter.
Earlier this year, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering launched the Pakistan Navy’s 17,000 tonne fleet tanker and Kelvin Hughes can also now announce that it has been contracted to supply the ship with SharpEyeI and E/F frequency band Doppler radar as well tactical radar software and widescreen displays. The combined systems will equip the vessel with warship navigation and tactical situational awareness capabilities, including helicopter tracking, recovery and control.
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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
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Indonesia has selected Kelvin Hughes variants of SBS-800 Upmast X-Band SharpEye range for its two ports to ensure the safe entry and exit, management and monitoring of vessels. The second largest port in Indonesia, Surabaya has opted for the SBS-800-2
Kelvin Hughes is acquired by HENSOLDT (formerly Airbus Defence Electronics) as a result of an agreement by its owners ECI Partners to sell its investment in the company. Completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory clearances
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