Kelvin Hughes develops compact radar for watercraft
- 13 Sep 2011
Kelvin Hughes has designed a new low-power radome surveillance system for watercraft operating in blue-water, littoral and riverine environments.
The SharpEye™ 50W SCV system has been tailor-made to enhance small boat situational awareness on craft up to 35m. The SCV has been designed for Special Forces, raiding teams, boarding and search and rescue missions. The technology is applicable to a range of craft such as RHIBs, insertion craft, combat boats, USVs, SAR craft and hovercraft.
The SCV system incorporates SharpEye™'s I (X) Band solid state technology, replacing the traditional magnetron based systems with a fully coherent solidstate transceiver, in a lightweight, environmentally sealed unit with multiple dome options.
Despite its size, the SCV version offers the enhanced performance and reliability afforded by the higher power SharpEye™ radar, with a 24 inch antenna and integrated transceiver.
Greatly reduced radar mass and reduced physical footprint of the SharpEye™ transceiver, enables the SharpEye™ SCV to overcome the inherent performance limitations of commercial type navigation radars in cluttered environments.
Barry Wade, Managing Director Kelvin Hughes Surveillance Systems said:
"SharpEye™ SCV enables a discreet means of building an organic surveillance picture out to the horizon, so reducing reliance on external communications links and informing real-time tactical decision making."
"The SCV also presents small craft operators with a high-quality radar picture via a chosen display option, tailored to their requirements."
The SharpEye™ SCV's display system can be tailored dependent on client requirements. Compact display options are available for smaller craft with MantaDigital™, Legacy 3rd party tactical and COTS 3rd party marine display systems.