Kelvin Hughes to supply navigation bridge system for New Zealand Navy tanker


Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has contracted Kelvin Hughes to deliver an integrated navigation bridge system (INBS) for the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN) maritime sustainment capability (MSC) vessel.

The deal will see Kelvin Hughes design and integrate its supplied navigation equipment and shipyard supplied systems as part of a suite of bridge consoles, which are to be produced in South Korea.

Kelvin Hughes sales and marketing director Spike Hughes said: “Kelvin Hughes has been designing integrated navigation bridge systems for over three decades and has a wealth of experience, which enables us to meet the demanding requirements of specialist naval bridges for the RNZN and also the Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide Class.”

The navigation bridge system will be delivered for installation on the New Zealand Navy’s MSC vessel in 2018.

The INBS radar system leverages the company’s solid-state SharpEye Doppler radars for full situational awareness in adverse weather conditions.

It also features a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated Kelvin Hughes multifunction displays.

Additionally, SharpEye offers an advanced radar sensor that provides unprecedented situational awareness through Doppler processing, enhanced pulse compression and moving target detection (MTD) processing.

"SharpEye offers an advanced radar sensor that provides unprecedented situational awareness through Doppler processing, enhanced pulse compression and moving target detection (MTD) processing."

This also helps detect small targets on the sea surface in severe weather conditions, as well as low aerial targets such as helicopters.

The MSC tanker will be equipped with 11 displays on the bridge and is expected to be able to control flight deck operations, recovery and local airspace management via two helicopter control displays featuring tactical software.

RNZN’s MSC vessel is a future ice-capable fleet replenishment is currently being built by HHI at Ulsan Shipyard in South Korea under a $493m contract.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2020, while its induction into service with the navy is set to follow in 2021.


Image: Kelvin Hughes’ SharpEye naval radar. Photo: courtesy of Kelvin Hughes Limited.