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Kelvin Hughes to supply 60+ SharpEye™ radars for UK Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that its SharpEye™ radars are to be fitted to more than 60 Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships, submarines and shore facilities.

Working in association with Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems UK 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.

SharpEye Transceiver
SharpEye Naval Radar

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. Kelvin Hughes’ ability to offer variants of SharpEye™ across both frequency bands to a similar design offers MOD the opportunity to realise significant savings in training, documentation and through life support.

The SharpEye™ 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, commented:
“This is excellent news for us and we’re looking forward to working with Lockheed Martin to equip the RN and RFA fleets with our world beating SharpEye™ radar. 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".

Dearlove added:
“We are confident that MOD will decide to exercise options within the NRP contract which facilitate the roll out of SharpEye™ across additional platforms. 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”.

Kelvin Hughes’ Chief Executive, Russell Gould, added:
“SharpEye™ systems are currently being deployed by 27 of the world’s navies and this major new project is a further vote of confidence in the superior performance and reliability of Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ technology.”

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