Navy contract for Enfield firm

Tue 26 May 2015, 4:20 pm

Enfield-based surveillance company, Kelvin Hughes, has won a contract to supply radars to the Royal Navy, which will be used on Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being built on the Clyde.

The three OPVs, named HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent, will be used for counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations and are scheduled to be in service by 2017.

Kelvin Hughes’ radar systems will be developed using its award-winning “SharpEye” technology, built for navigation, surveillance avoidance and helicopter control.

The navy is the 25th service to select SharpEye. Others include the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Irish Naval Service, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Rohan Dearlove, Kelvin Hughes’ sales director for Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “Customer navies report that SharpEye radar provides superior surface and air target detection, even in adverse weather conditions, thus greatly enhancing situational awareness and safe navigation.

“We are proud to be involved with this important project, which represents the continuation of a long and successful relationship with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.”