A leader in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, Kelvin Hughes (Hall 5, Stand G692), has announced the successful installation and commissioning of a SharpEye radar system (pictured, right) on the South African Navy’s fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg.
In addition to X- and S-band SharpEye radars, the system includes IMOcompliant displays and a dedicated tactical display with its Advanced Agile Tracker for helicopter approach and control.
Through the digital pulse compression and Doppler processing of the radar returns, SharpEye can detect objects with a low radar cross-section, from semi-submersed objects to the smallest of unco-operative craft, even in the most severe of weather conditions.
Kelvin Hughes is also to supply its SharpEye S-band with its new 12kW radar for 17 patrol boats being built at Ares Shipyard, Turkey, for Qatar’s Coast and Borders Security Department.
All the electronic equipment for the vessels, including 24m, 34.5m and 48m versions of the Ares Shipyard Hercules series, will be supplied by Elektro Deniz of Turkey, which has contracted Kelvin Hughes to provide the radar systems. Installation will continue over the next two years.
The company is also targeting SharpEye at the border security and surveillance markets.
Another important contract received from French company Avon Communications is for the supply of five of its SBS-700 radar systems for integration with the Marseille Fos Port Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).
Marseille Fos is France’s leading port and handles everything from hydrocarbons and bulk liquids (oil, gas and chemical products) to bulk solids (minerals and cereals), general cargo (containers and other packaging) and is a major cruise ship terminal.
The SBS-700 is specifically designed to meet the requirements of a vessel traffic services system as defined in International Association of Lighthouse Authorities recommendation V-128. Each X-band system supplied will feature a combination of the SBS 700-1 single transceiver, and the SBS 700-2 dual-redundant transceiver. Incorporating an enhanced magnetron transmitter, the SBS‑700 features a high dynamic range, a low-noise front end and a field-effect transistor modulator.