Kelvin Hughes SharpEye radar system delivered to South African NavyNews
June 04, 2021
SOUTH AFRICA. HENSOLDT UK has announced the supply of radar sensor suites consisting of Kelvin Hughes Mk11 S- and X-Band SharpEye radar systems to the South African Navy (SAN) for three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) built by the Damen Shipyards Cape Town, South Africa.
These vessels, SAN MMIPV’s, are intended to protect the coasts of the Republic of South Africa from such threats as piracy and illegal fishing.
The SharpEye Mk11 radars are approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and are installed in conjunction with an OSI integrated navigation bridge system. The radars will provide a navigation and surface surveillance capability.
According to officials, the solid-state SharpEye transceivers are located upmast in the carbon composite turning unit housing and bring additional benefits such as ease of installation and high reliability. The use of a direct drive motor system, rather than a traditional antenna rotator gearbox, is designed to reduce maintenance costs.