HENSOLDT to supply KH Mk11 Sharp Eye Radar to French Navy’s future OPVs

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HENSOLDT UK will supply Kelvin Hughes Mk11 Sharp Eye surface search radars with combined HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 IFF systems to the French Navy “Patrouilleur d’Outre-Mer” or POM program being built by Socarenam Shipyard in France, HENSOLDT announced.

The POM program provides six offshore patrol vessels for the French overseas territories.

Each vessel will be supplied with a Kelvin Hughes Mk11 Sharp Eye X band Surveillance radar, with a co-located HENSOLDT IFF Antenna. This in turn is connected to the HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 NATO Mode 5 IFF system.

These items will be supplied to the vessel prime integrator AVON Communications. Once installed on board, it will link to the combat system, also supplied by NEXEYA, a HENSOLDT company.

The radar and IFF system will be used to provide surface surveillance in the vicinity of the vessel. The IFF antenna being co-located on the radar reduces the number of turning units and space required on board. This makes the installation and integration a much less complex task, saving time in the installation and integration process, allowing smaller vessels to benefit from the capability of more complex systems in a smaller footprint.

The POM vessels will operate their own UAV systems and this system will contribute to safe UAV operations.

The SharpEye Mk11 radar with combined IFF demonstrates synergies within the extensive HENSOLDT portfolio, resulting in a market-leading radar/IFF solution for smaller vessels.

“This solution puts HENSOLDT at the forefront of radar/IFF sensor supplier to the patrol boat market and brings two market-leading technologies, SharpEye and MSSR2000 together in a complimentary package that will benefit many patrol boat programs”, stated Adrian Pilbeam Head of Sales, Maritime Surveillance, HENSOLDT UK.

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Kelvin Hugher Mk 11 Sharp Eye Radar (Hensoldt)

HENSOLDT recently reached an agreement to supply South African Navy and Kormoran II-class minehunters of the Polish Navy.

About Mk11 Sharp Eye Radar:

Kelvin Hughes Mk11 SharpEye is a coherent, pulse-Doppler radar for navigation and situational awareness. The ability to see smaller targets in clutter and at greater ranges increases the warship’s capability.

According to the company’s relevant brochure, the radar features;

• Enhanced detection performance – see smaller targets such as RHIBs and submarine periscopes at greater ranges in clutter.
• Small target detection – can detect targets with a 0.5m2 RCS at several nautical miles.
• Clutter removal without picture degradation.
• Pulse compression – provides superior range discrimination across all radar range scales.
• Ultra-high reliability – 100% solid-state electronics, no magnetron

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Comparison of Sharp Eye radar with a conventional I and X-band radar. (Hensoldt company brochure)

SharpEye is defining new standards in surveillance missions at sea, onshore and on land with transmitting powers of up to 300W. It is used by navies, vessel traffic services, border agencies, coastal surveillance, other security agencies and
critical infrastructure operators.

Mk11 SharpEye I-band (X-band) and E/F-band (S-band) technology is a fully coherent radar providing situational
awareness in all weather conditions and in high sea states. Mk11 SharpEye I-band (X-band) transmitters are the first in
their class to employ GaN (Gallium Nitride) power transistor technology. The significant performance benefits of GaN
transistors have been harnessed by SharpEye to directly improve the performance of the radar.

Check out Naval Library App to learn more about the specifications of Mk11 Sharp Eye radar.

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