Saturday, August 9, 2008

Royal Navy to get new radar

Royal Navy to get new radar

An Equipment and Logistics news article
4 Aug 08
Royal Navy ships are to be equipped with a new powerful UK-designed and manufactured radar, under a £100M contract with BAE Systems Insyte, it was announced today, Monday 4 August 2008.

With its ability to track a target the size of a snooker ball over 20km 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 ten 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."

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