Malaysian shipbuilding firm Boustead Naval Shipyard has awarded a contract to UK-based company Kelvin Hughes to deliver type-approved, upmast I-Band (X-Band) and E/F-Band (S-Band) SharpEye Doppler radars to the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Kelvin Hughes will supply a pair of the SharpEye Doppler radars for the six new littoral combat ships (LCS) operating under the RMN’s second-generation patrol vessel (SGPV) programme under the contract.
Each of the RMN’s LCS vessel features a stealth frigate design, with a displacement capability of 3,100t.
The first radar sets were supplied by Kelvin Hughes to the navy in July last year, in addition to a new system for the shore integration facility (SIF).
The SIF facilitates the integration of combat management and other systems that can be further developed and tested onshore before on board deployment.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has also contracted the company to provide radar and related equipment for its six new coastal patrol vessels currently scheduled to be built by Destini Shipbuilding.
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MMEA’s coastal patrol ships will feature the company’s advanced widescreen navigation radar display, the new type-approved 12kW X-Band radar and an S-Band SharpEye radar.
Kelvin Hughes Sales and Marketing director Spike Hughes said: “Our ongoing success in meeting the navigational needs of Malaysian maritime forces is further evidence of our ability to deliver the very best situational awareness solutions.
“In particular, our solid-state SharpEye systems offer ultra-high reliability and, with their Doppler processing technology, an unparalleled ability to distinguish between targets of interest and environmental clutter caused by high sea states and adverse weather conditions.”
The patrol vessels will be used by MMEA for a wide range of operations, including maritime surveillance and fire-fighting activities.
The delivery of the Kelvin Hughes equipment was completed earlier this year, and the ships themselves are expected to be commissioned during the first half of the year.
The remaining systems are slated to be delivered during the second half of 2017.
Image: Kelvin Hughes SharpEye naval radar. Photo: courtesy of Kelvin Hughes.