Kelvin Hughes to Supply Radar Systems for Latest Royal Navy OPVs
ENFIELD, U.K. — Kelvin Hughes will supply its SharpEye radar to the two latest Batch 2 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) — HMS Tamar and HMS Spey, the company announced in a Feb. 20 release. The contract follows one announced in April 2015 to provide the radar for the Batch 2 River-class OPVs HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent.
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. In addition, Kelvin Hughes will be supplying 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.
Fundamentally different in appearance and capabilities from the Batch 1 OPVs, the Batch 2 ships have been designed with a Merlin-capable flight deck and a greatly expanded capacity for accommodating troops. They will be available for deployment anywhere in the world to undertake a range of anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling roles currently conducted by Royal Navy frigates and destroyers.
With its solid-state technology, SharpEye radar systems deliver an advanced pulse-compressed Doppler navigation and situational awareness capability that can provide early warning not only of the presence of larger vessels but also small targets and asymmetric threats with a low radar cross section such as rigid-hull inflatable boats, small wooden boats, unmanned surface vessels and jet skis. Operating in the I-Band, the new radar will enable the ships to distinguish between genuine targets and environmental clutter even in the most adverse weather conditions.
More than 25 of the world’s navies now use SharpEye radar and displays. 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.
“SharpEye is an ideal choice for these OPV projects,” said Barry Jones, Kelvin Hughes regional sales manager. “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.”