Royal navy orders additional Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar systems
ENFIELD, North London, UK. Royal navy officials tasked Kelvin Hughes to deliver additional SharpEye radar systems for the new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Tamar and HMS Spey.
Each ship will be equipped with a SharpEye I-Band radar for helicopter control and navigation as well as an E/F-Band SharpEye radar for navigation and collision avoidance. Kelvin Hughes will also supply its ARPA widescreen radar display for all of the Batch 2 OPVs. The radar sets will be interfaced with each ship’s Combat Management System and other third-party systems such as WECDIS and WAIS.
With its solid-state technology, SharpEye radar systems deliver pulse-compressed Doppler navigation and situational awareness capabilities that can provide early warning to the ships. Most recently, Kelvin Hughes was contracted to supply the Irish Naval Service with SharpEye systems for its new fleet of OPVs which are currently under construction.
Barry Jones, Kelvin Hughes' Regional Sales Manager, says, "The system provides a 3-in-1 approach with a type approved navigation radar using advanced small target detection, a 2D surface surveillance capability and a helo detection mode to aid rotary aircraft recovery in bad weather; all in one compact radar package. Its scalable architecture allows it to satisfy the requirements of the smaller patrol boat as a primary radar or as a navigation radar and secondary surveillance radar on a larger warship”.
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