DSEI 2017

Navigation bridge system to RNZN [DSEI17D4]

15 September 2017

Kelvin Hughes (Stand S4-110) has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) vessel.

The INBS system meets the requirements of IMO Lloyd’s Register Class Notation IBS and Naval Ship Code. It includes a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated multifunction displays, and Kelvin Hughes’ solid-state SharpEye Doppler radars, which are compliant with the winterisation requirements for operation in the Antarctic environment.

The new ice-capable MSC, to be named HMNZS Aotearoa, will be the largest vessel to be operated by the RNZN. HHI is scheduled to deliver the ship in 2020, with entry to service with the RNZN following in 2021.

Kelvin Hughes will supply the bridge system to HHI for installation in 2018. The company’s scope of work includes the design and integration of the Kelvin Hughes-supplied navigation equipment and shipyard supplied systems in a suite of bridge consoles manufactured in South Korea.

The navigation radar sensors selected are SharpEye S-band and X-Band sets; a further S-Band SharpEye sensor will be optimised for helicopter approach and control.

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