Royal Navy has contracted Kelvin Hughes to supply their SharpEye™ radars for the Navy’s new River class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) to be built on the Clyde.
The Navy’s three new OPVs will benamed HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. The new vessels will be used for counter terrorism, counter piracy and anti-smuggling operations. They are expected to enter service starting in 2017.
The radar system consists of an I Band Doppler SharpEye radar supporting both helicopter control and navigation (the new River class OPVs will incorporate a Merlin capable flight deck), together with an E/F Band SharpEye radar for navigation and collision avoidance. Both radars will be accessed and controlled by Kelvin Hughes MantaDigitalTM Tactical ARPA displays.
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