Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth receives 3D radar system

6 October 2015 (Last Updated October 6th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy has successfully installed its first Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier with 3D radar system, marking another milestone ahead of its sea trials.

3D radar

The UK Royal Navy has successfully installed its first Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier with 3D radar system, marking another milestone ahead of its sea trials.

The new BAE Systems-built radar installed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, known as Artisan 3D, is capable of monitoring more than 800 objects simultaneously from 200m to 200km.

The warship will also have an high-level of awareness as the system will track up to 800 potential targets simultaneously and cut through radio interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals.

BAE Systems Products and Training Services director Les Gregory said: "Artisan is a ground-breaking radar system that delivers real capability to the Royal Navy in its supreme accuracy and uncompromising tracking.

"In addition, its world-leading electronic protection measure ensures that even the most complex of jammers will not reduce its effectiveness."

The installation of Artisan 3D on HMS Queen Elizabeth will mark the first use of the radar system to deliver air-traffic management, the company stated.

BAE took two-and-a-half years of planning and work to plan the installation of Artisan.

" Artisan is a ground-breaking radar system that delivers real capability to the Royal Navy in its supreme accuracy and uncompromising tracking."

Ship Acquisition Defence Equipment & Support director rear admiral Henry Parker said: "The addition of such an effective system, which has already proved itself on the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates, will provide HMS Queen Elizabeth with first-class radar performance."

In August, the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth switched on the vessel's S1850M radar for the first time as part of ongoing preparations to ready the warship for sea next year.

Designed to provide a three dimensional and long-range picture, the radar can track up to 1,000 contacts up to a range of 400km from the vessel.

Weighing 65,000t and featuring a flight deck spanning around 4.5 acres, the first QE-class carrier can launch, land and maintain aircraft 24-hours-a-day for war efforts and humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.


Image: Artisan 3D will detect objects as small as a tennis ball and travel at three times the speed of sound more than 25km away. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.