Building on its success with the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), ST Marine is marketing the integrated modular mast (IMM) system found on the Al-Ofouq class patrol vessel for retrofit markets.
A model to showcase the mast, which has been designed with inputs from several original equipment manufacturers of naval sensors, was also unveiled for the first time at the IMDEX 2017 maritime and defence exhibition that took place on 16-18 May.
Speaking to Jane's at the exhibition, ST Marine's vice-president for marketing and branding, Siow Chee Kiang, explained that the IMM was first developed for the company's Fearless class of patrol vessels. As the design has proven out successfully in Omani service, the company is now making the IMM available to navies that are keen to retrofit older ships with the concept.
"The benefit of the IMM to navies is that equipment such as radars and sensors are kept inside the mast instead of the ship as it has been configured in the past. It makes maintenance easier and safer, and you are also able to run shorter cables, which results in fewer chances of signals loss or deterioration," said Siow, who added that the solution is also available for newbuilds.
The IMM has also been designed with reduced radar cross-section (RCS) features, which makes it suitable to be fitted on board platforms that require better signature management, Siow added.
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