World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UK: Royal Navy's New Carriers To Get Latest Radar

Ministry Of Defence (UK)

Royal Navy's new Carriers to get latest Radar

The Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers will be equipped with a new powerful UK-designed and manufactured radar, under a £100M contract with BAE Systems Insyte announced today.

With its ability to track a target the size of a snooker ball over 20 km away, the new more powerful Artisan radar will provide an improved 3D maritime Medium Range Radar (MRR) capability. The radar system will be developed and manufactured by BAE Systems Insyte at its plant in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain, Director General Weapons at MOD Defence Equipment and Support said

"The Artisan radar is a sophisticated world-class system which will significantly improve the flow and quality of information to commanders compared with existing technology. It will allow our ships to detect, track and aid the identification of a range of threats from the air and surface in difficult conditions.

"The new radar will replace existing systems on our Type23 frigates, landing ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and the assault helicopter carrier HMS Ocean - as well as on our two new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. This is a prime example of the type of hi tech equipment that we are investing in to improve the ability of our commanders to operate in the 21st Century."

Captain Brian Archibald Royal Navy Integrated Project Team Leader for Short Range Air Defence, at MOD Defence Equipment and Support added:

"The MRR project will provide the Royal Navy with a long awaited and unrivalled improvement to its Medium Range Radar capability whilst also delivering enhanced system availability and best value-for-money to the taxpayer.

"The project will be delivered through a firm price contract, covering both Demonstration, Manufacture and delivery of the radar systems and the first 10 years of in-service support. This has been a tight competition and my thanks go to all those in industry and in the MoD who have worked so hard to make this happen."

The contract which has been awarded to BAE Systems Insyte is expected to sustain around 200 jobs in BAE Systems, their team partners and the supplier base, around 40 per cent at the contractor's facilities' in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

NOTES

Vital stats on the MRR (Size, weight, functionality etc)

* Equivalent power, space and weight of RT996 (existing capability)

* Mast Head weight of approx 1100 kg -

* Provides excellent small target performance, able to track a target the size of a snooker ball over 20 km away

* E/F Band Radar

* In the littoral i.e in and around the coastline the radar will track targets clearly across the land sea interface even in harsh jamming environments

* Other radars being produced at BAE Systems Insyte inc Long Range Radar and SAMPSON (Multi-Function Radar) for the Royal Navy and Commander (RT102) for the RAF.

Client ref 180/2008
COI ref 164232P

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>



UN: General Assembly Must Affirm Right To Healthy Environment

With the world embroiled in a multi-faceted environmental crisis, UN experts* today urged the United Nations General Assembly to recognise that living... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>