C4iSR: Maritime

Hyundai selects Kelvin Hughes bridge system for New Zealand Navy’s fleet tanker

15 September 2017
A computer-generated image of the Royal New Zealand's Maritime Sustainment Capability vessel. Source: Royal New Zealand Navy

Key Points

  • The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet tanker will feature a navigation bridge system from Kelvin Hughes
  • System also eliminates the need for helicopter transponders, and allows for better awareness against potentially hostile small targets in the air, and on the surface

British maritime systems supplier Kelvin Hughes announced on 14 September that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply an integrated navigation bridge system (INBS) for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) new 24,000-tonne maritime sustainment capability (MSC) vessel.

The system will include one solid state SharpEye navigation radar with S- and X-band capabilities, and one S-band SharpEye radar that has been optimised for helicopter approach and control. These sensors will be integrated with a dual redundant data distribution system and multifunction displays, said the company.

The radar system will also feature enhanced pulse compression, and moving target detection processing, which allows for the detection of small targets on the sea surface and helicopters close to the horizon, even in severe weather conditions, said Kelvin Hughes in a statement on the contract.

“The combination of these radar techniques enables the sea and rain clutter to be filtered out without losing the radar targets of interest,” it said. “This is especially important when protecting the ship from threats such as swimmers, RHIBs [rigid hull inflatable boats], and other low radar cross section [RCS] threats,” the company noted, adding that system’s aircraft approach and control system also eliminate the need for helicopter transponders.

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