The Republic of Singapore Navy has selected Kelvin Hughes to supply a SharpEye navigation radar for its Independence-class littoral mission vessel (LMV) programme.
Under the contract, seven LMVs will be fitted with the I-Band SharpEye system that is already installed on the lead ship of the fleet, Independence.
The first LMV, which was delivered in May this year, features Kelvin Hughes’ two I-Band (X-band) SharpEye systems.
Under the Singapore Navy’s LMV programme, the eight newly built LMVs will replace the navy’s current Fearless-class patrol vessels, and can be modified to engage in a range of operations.
Kelvin Hughes regional sales manager Alan Koong said: “We are delighted to be helping the Republic of Singapore Navy to maximise the effectiveness of its new LMV fleet.
“This is a further vote of confidence in our industry-leading SharpEye technology which is currently being employed by 27 of the world’s navies.”
The SharpEye solid-state radar transceiver is capable of emitting a low power, patented pulse sequence and does not need a magnetron.
The doppler radar processing offers information regarding a target's velocity and improves the probability of detection of small objects with a low radar cross section.
The radar system uses a series of electronic filters to differentiate between targets of interest and clutter, while customisable waveforms can be configured for specific threats.
This year, Kelvin Hughes has successfully installed and commissioned a SharpEye radar system on the South African Navy’s fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg.
Image: Kelvin Hughes’ SharpEye radar system. Photo: courtesy of Kelvin Hughes Limited.