IDEX 2017


23 February 2017

Submarine radar deal

UK company Kelvin Hughes (Stand 05-C19) has just announced that it will supply its SharpEye I-band Doppler submarine radar system as part of a mid-life upgrade programme for the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B class submarines (also known as the Khalid class diesel-electric submarine). For this contract, the company is working together with Turkey’s STM, the main contractor. With its low-power, pulse Doppler transmission technology, SharpEye can provide a reduced probability of intercept, which significantly lowers the risk of the submarine being detected but without compromising the target detection performance of the radar.

Surveillance equipment

North Wales-based Qioptiq (Stand 05-C24) has been awarded an £82 million [$102 million] contract to provide surveillance and targeting equipment to the UK armed forces. This was announced at IDEX by the UK Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriet Baldwin, who said: “This contract is made possible by our £178 billion equipment plan, supported by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade.” By merging 20 individual supply contracts into one deal, the UK MoD will save £47 million over the next six years.

New-generation identification

Leonardo has been awarded a contract worth €11 million ($11.6 million) by the NATO agency NAHEMA, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence, to provide its SIT434/5 New Generation Identification Friend or Foe (NGIFF) interrogator for the Italian Navy NH90 NFHs (NATO Frigate Helicopters).

The SIT434/5 has been integrated on the NH90 NFH by Leonardo, and qualification tests on the Italian Navy NH90 have been completed successfully. The Italian MoD will be the first to gain Mode 5 IFF capability for its NH90s; NATO members will need to have Mode 5-compatible equipment installed by 2020, when the Mode 4 signal will be turned off.

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