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Kelvin Hughes radar for Philippine frigates

25th October 2017 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Kelvin Hughes will supply Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with two SharpEye navigation radars and multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navy’s Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP), the company announced on 23 October.

The Philippine Navy is acquiring two 2,600 tonne frigates from HHI. The frigates, to be delivered from 2020, will have stealth characteristics. The low radar cross section (RCS) design of the upmast SharpEye radar sensor's carbon fibre housing and antenna turning unit will help achieve this.

In addition the radar offers the reduced probability of intercept by ESM equipment thanks to its 300W low power output.

The SharpEye radar system delivers an advanced pulse-compressed Doppler navigation and situational awareness capability that can provide early warning not only of the larger vessels but also small targets and asymmetric threats with a low RCS such as rigid-hulled inflatable boats, small wooden boats, unmanned surface vehicles and jet skis.

Operating in I and E/F Band, the new radar can distinguish between genuine targets and environmental clutter even in adverse weather conditions.

SharpEye transmits a low power, patented pulse sequence enabling short, medium and long range radar returns to be detected simultaneously. Doppler processing of radar provides coherent information concerning a target’s velocity and ensures the detection of very small and slow moving objects.

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