Kelvin Hughes has been awarded a contract to supply its SharpEye radars for installation on the UK Royal Navy’s new River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessels (OPV).

The integrated radars feature an I band Doppler SharpEye radar that supports both helicopter control and navigation along with an E/F band SharpEye radar for navigation and for avoiding collision.

The company’s MantaDigital Tactical ARPA displays will be used to access and control both radars.

SharpEye is available in both I and E/F frequency bands that share a common human computer interface (HCI) and a high degree of component commonality, due to their similar modular design and system architecture.

The radar system will be interfaced with the Combat Management System along with other third party systems such as WECDIS and WAIS.

Kelvin Hughes Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director Rohan Dearlove said: "Customer navies report that SharpEye radar provides superior surface and air target detection, even in adverse weather conditions, thus greatly enhancing situational awareness and safe navigation.

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"The helicopter detection performance delivered by SharpEye is compliant with the latest MAA regulations without the need for a transponder system such as RRB."

"The helicopter detection performance delivered by SharpEye is compliant with the latest MAA regulations without the need for a transponder system such as RRB.

"SharpEye is already being successfully operated as a helicopter control radar onboard RFA Argus, most recently engaged in intensive operations off the west coast of Africa."

The UK Royal navy is set to receive three new OPVs, namely HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent, for conducting counter terrorism, piracy and anti-smuggling operations.

The new OPVs that are being built in Clyde are expected to enter service in 2017.

SharpEye is already in service with other navies including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Irish Naval Service, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Image: Kelvin Hughes will supply its SharpEye radar to the UK Royal Navy. Photo: courtesy of Kelvin Hughes.