BAE Systems installs first new radar for Royal Navy frigates

Tue Mar 5 2013, 17:37 PM
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BAE Systems has developed a sophisticated new radar system for the British Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 23 frigates and installed in on the first ship in class, HMS Iron Duke.

The Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation (ARTISAN) medium range 3D surveillance radar is capable of cutting through interference equivalent to 10,000 conflicting mobile phone signals, and it can detect an object as small as a tennis ball travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25km away.

The company claims ARTISAN is five times more efficient than any other radar currently used by the fleet and can detect smaller and quicker targets against a background of electronic noise and interference.

The system can also monitor more than 800 objects simultaneously – from the very small to the largest aircraft carriers and destroyers – at a range of between 200 and 200,000 metres.

The Royal Navy selected ARTISAN for its GBP100 million programme to equip the Type 23 frigates, amphibious ships and the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, where it will support Air Traffic Management. It is also being proposed for the new Type 26 frigates, which are due to come into service after 2020.