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Coastal Surveillance Solution for Indonesian Islands

Kelvin Hughes Surveillance business have deployed two land-based radar coastal surveillance systems in Indonesia to monitor the waters around Tual a city in Maluku province located in Kei Islands, and Merauke a town considered to be one of the easternmost towns in Indonesia, located in Merauke Regency, Papua province, next to the Maro River.

The project will be delivered in partnership with PT. Warga Kusuma Jaya, and is part of a wider programme by the Government of Indonesia to implement a shore-based coastal surveillance system throughout the region.

The Indonesian island region is very demanding on radar design and is typically a heavy rain environment.

Kelvin Hughes’ Surveillance was engaged by PT. Warga Kusuma Jaya due to the ability of its high-grade SharpEye™ solid state radar sensor, which outperforms other sensor technologies, especially in bad weather and sea clutter conditions.

The coastal surveillance solution includes the supply of the SBS-800-51 system a S-Band solid-state SharpEye™ radar transceiver and antenna, as well as the installation of the systems on radar masts on each island.

The SBS radar systems are fully remote controlled, designed for continuous operation and achieve extremely high range accuracy and target discrimination in range and azimuth.

A further differentiator of the SBS solid state radar solution is its full weather adaptability – the SharpEye™ system adapts automatically to changes in the weather and environmental conditions without the need for any operator intervention.

As part of the agreement, Kelvin Hughes will also provide performance training sessions to the integration company at both its headquarters in Essex, as well as locally in Indonesia.

Robert Kleist, business development director of coastal surveillance at Kelvin Hughes, said:
“With over 60 Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ solid state sensors installed in Coastal Surveillance and VTS applications worldwide, the solution has now become the new standard in coastal surveillance technology”.

“The Indonesian region is typically a heavy rain environment. Target discrimination and detection is therefore very difficult in heavy rain and high-sea state conditions or clutter”.

“SharpEye™ through its unique pulse sequences and Doppler processing is able to manage and reject the clutter leaving a clear radar picture, which meets the surveillance demands and provides full situational awareness for the Indonesian coastal authorities”.

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