Cambridge Pixel to supply radar scan conversion modules for UK Navy’s vessel fleet

17 August 2016 (Last Updated August 17th, 2016 18:30)

Cambridge Pixel has been chosen to provide radar display and target tracking modules for the UK Royal Navy’s £44m new Naval Radar Programme.

Cambridge Pixel has been chosen to provide radar display and target tracking modules for the UK Royal Navy’s £44m new Naval Radar Programme.

In January 2016, the UK Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin UK to supply Naval Vigilance Radar software that will be fitted on more than 60 Royal Navy ships, submarines and shore facilities.

As part of the contract, Lockheed Martin teamed up with Kelvin Hughes, a company that developed the solid state SharpEye radar transceiver to produce the new solution.

"We are delighted to be working alongside Lockheed Martin's engineers on this major upgrade of the navigation radars."

Cambridge Pixel’s software modules for radar scan conversion, target tracking and radar fusion will be integrated into the Naval Vigilance Radar system.

Commenting on the contract, Cambridge Pixel CEO David Johnson said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Lockheed Martin's engineers on this major upgrade of the navigation radars on the UK Royal Navy's fleet of ships.

“Our technology software modules fit well with Lockheed Martin's vision of developing a navigation radar system that meets the Royal Navy's needs now but that also has a clear route to adding extra functionality in the future."

The radar scan conversion module will receive radar data transmitted by Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar and will generate a radar image for display with underlay and overlay graphics.

The radar tracking module will process the radar data for automatic target tracking, while the radar fusion software integrates track data from multiple radars on the ships with automatic identification system (AIS) transponder data and other sensor data into a single data source.

Cambridge Pixel will also supply radar simulation and recording capabilities, such as the RDR Radar Data Recorder to assist the development and test phase of the new navigation radar system.

The RDR Radar Data Recorder can capture raw video generated from the ASTERIX CAT-240 sensor, along with AIS and navigation data.