DSEI 2015

Keeping an eye out [DSEI15, D3]

17 September 2015

With surveillance being all-important, it is small wonder that navigation and security surveillance specialist Kelvin Hughes (Stand S4-110) announced a host of recent new contracts this week.

The company’s SharpEye SxV radar is destined for deployment to Kenya against illegal border movements, trafficking and terrorist activities. It was acquired by C4 Planning Solutions of Blythe, Georgia, USA, along with the Kelvin Hughes CxEye display and interface software, to be installed in ground surveillance radars for the Kenyan armed forces.

As a lightweight X-band radar with solid-state transceiver technology, the SxV is man-portable and provides 360° coverage in all weather conditions.

This made it ideal for EEZ protection in the Adriatic Sea. Kelvin Hughes partnered with Italy’s ASTIM and Fabio Fiorucci to provide surveillance cover of the Goro lagoon near Bologna, where illegal poaching threatens the multimillion-euro clam farming operations. This is similar to the deployment of Kelvin Hughes’ SxV since last year to protect oyster sanctuaries in Chesapeake Bay.

A number of SharpEye SxV radars are now protecting Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, as part of the single-mast solution (SMS). The system will be controlled by Kelvin Hughes’ CxEye software to enable integration of feeds from multiple sensors.

The SharpEye and SMS units were also contracted for an undisclosed application on mobile security platforms in Saudi Arabia.

Type approval of the company’s latest I-band (X-band) SharpEye upmast naval radar system was recently completed. The TÜV SÜD BABT-issued approval applies to the entire radar system: radar display and software, transceiver and the carbon composite antenna turning unit and the I-band antenna.

Not only does SharpEye serve as a navigation/collision avoidance system, but it also provides tactical capability, including threat detection and helicopter control in adverse weather. Singapore has recently equipped its new littoral mission vessels with SharpEye, while New Zealand is employing it for helicopter recovery on its ANZAC-class frigates. Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Malaysia, Nigeria, Algeria and the USA are among the countries that have selected SharpEye for a range of missions in all weather conditions.

‘‘The fact that 25 of the world’s navies are now operating our type-approved SharpEye radar is proof that we are meeting the needs of modern naval equipment support programmes,’’ said the company’s sales and marketing director, Spike Hughes.

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