The programme will modernise ship and submarine navigation systems, which are critical for safe navigation at sea. Over the next five years, the MOD’s Navigation Radar Programme will replace existing radars fitted across the fleet and shore facilities with solid-state SharpEye™ radar transceivers designed and developed in the UK by Kelvin Hughes in Enfield North London and integrated by Lockheed Martin engineers based in Hampshire.
Lockheed Martin’s Naval Vigilance Radar software will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigates, Hunt and Sandown Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessels, fast patrol boats, as well as the Astute, Trafalgar and Vanguard class submarines. The contract also includes options for the introduction of the navigation radars to future Royal Navy platforms such as the Queen Elizabeth Carriers, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, and Successor submarines.
The new Naval Radar Programme has been developed to operate alongside the Royal Navy’s Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) and will include a common maritime data processing environment developed by Lockheed Martin UK.
Peter Ruddock, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK, said, “The Naval Radar Programme solution uses the very latest sensor technology to provide the Royal Navy with safe, low maintenance and reliable navigation radar capability. The award of this £44 million contract builds on our reputation as a trusted provider of maritime mission systems to the Royal Navy.”