Kelvin Hughes have been technological leaders in IMO type approved radar for over 70 years. Kelvin Hughes specialist R&D teams create innovative navigation technologies for all types of commercial vessels, from small workboats to the largest ships.
With a deep understanding of commercial maritime operations, Kelvin Hughes products combine reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership to the professional mariners.
Kelvin Hughes radar displays are easily integrated into the bridge, with a modern processor design, using Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components. Each display can be a dedicated radar display or a multifunction display combining, radar, chart radar and Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). The integrated radar display is designed to complete the 12kW X-band and SharpEye™ S-band radar transceivers as part of a fully redundant networked system, removing the need for complex cabling systems from an interswitch unit.
SharpEye™ technology systems provide the navigator with functionality, safety, reliability, and flexibility. The SharpEye™ radar transceiver technology is solid state as opposed to traditional magnetron radar. This removes the need for routine maintenance while delivering ultra-high reliability and low cost of ownership. Despite the low peak power, detection performance is superior to that of magnetron radars, especially in poor weather. Clutter suppression is achieved in the radar transceiver. Use of a patented pulse sequence, pulse compression, and radar return processing ensures that the radar operator is presented with targets and tracks on the display whilst minimizing the clutter from even the severest of rainstorms and highest sea states.
The 12kW X-Band upmast magnetron radar features improved target resolution and beam sharpening. Increased gain and narrow beam width of the antenna offers greater range and bearing resolution for improved performance. The compact, lightweight design is easy to install with a single waterproof connector and includes an integral health monitor.