Sensor solutions specialist HENSOLDT UK has been awarded two contracts by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to supply Kelvin Hughes SharpEye Mk11 navigation radars to the Philippine Navy. The six 2,400-ton Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and two 3,200-ton Corvettes are currently being built at HHI and will be delivered over the next four years. The Philippine Navy is expecting the delivery of six new offshore patrol vessels acquired under its Offshore Patrol Vessel Acquisition Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program’s Horizon 2 phase covering years 2018 to 2022.
Adrian Pilbeam, Head of UK Radar and Naval Solutions at HENSOLDT UK, commented: “We at HENSOLDT UK are delighted to contribute to the modernization of the Philippine Navy through the provision of radar sensor suites. These follow-on contracts demonstrate the confidence that HHI and the Philippine Navy have in HENSOLDT UK in delivering comprehensive naval radar solutions to multiple series of ships.”
The SharpEye Mk11 radars are approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and are installed in conjunction with an integrated navigation bridge system. The solid-state SharpEye transceivers are located upmast in a carbon fibre turning unit bringing 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, reduces maintenance costs. The Kelvin Hughes Mk11 X band radar has been combined with the HENSOLDT IFF antenna, to provide an integrated turning unit, bringing SharpEye surveillance radar capability together with an IFF antenna system.
HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.