Cambridge Pixel has delivered a radar simulator software to OSI Maritime Systems to support its Integrated Bridge System development for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS).
The radar simulator will cater to OSI’s requirements to perform integration activities prior to installing and commissioning the unit into the ship.
The radar simulator will enable a comprehensive software emulation of the radar control interface by leveraging on Cambridge Pixel’s SPx Radar Simulator product.
The simulator generates multi-channel radar video, featuring real-world recordings obtained from a radar installation, and reinforcing synthetic targets, each of which is characterised with specific dimensions and a radar cross-section.
The video generation is suited for realistic terrain and can modify cluttered video feedback. It can process video of a stationary as well as moving target.
Cambridge Pixel CEO David Johnson said: "The modular approach which we bring to all our software products meant that enhancing our existing simulation capability to meet the customer’s detailed requirements was a low-risk development and could be delivered on time and fully compliant.
"Our radar simulation software and hardware products have supported many customers needing a realistic radar source that can be used to fully exercise tracking and display functionality."
The motion of the radar simulator can be monitored and controlled by an external navigation feed to the simulator, or via a predefined motion profile.
The simulator’s local display includes a provision for tiled maps and world vector shoreline displays as an underlay to the primary radar video.
Cambridge Pixel has further enhanced the existing radar simulator by modelling it on the status interface of the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar incorporated into the LCS.
The emulator is instrumental for full operational capability of the radar control, tracking and display functions of OSI’s application software.
The radar video is generated on an ASTERIX network digital format, along with synthesised automatic identification system (AIS) reports, which are generally transmitted by a vessel’s transponder.
The emulated radar control interface allows the integrator to set radar mode and turning rate, define multiple blind sectors, and mimic real radar alarm and fault conditions.
Image: An image of Cambridge Pixel’s radar simulator. Photo: courtesy of Cambridge Pixel Ltd.