Hensoldt to Provide Radars, Air Traffic Management Systems for Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship

FSS ships are vital for supporting the replenishment operations of the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
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  • 10:33 AM, May 3, 2024
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Hensoldt to Provide Radars, Air Traffic Management Systems for Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship
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Navantia UK has contracted Hensoldt UK to supply advanced radar and navigation systems for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA) three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships.

This equipment includes Hensoldt's Quadome Naval 3D Air and Surface Surveillance Radar, Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems, and Kelvin Hughes Integrated Navigation Bridge Systems (INBS).

The FSS ships will play a crucial role in supporting the replenishment operations of the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

The Quadome radar features AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) technology, enabling precise and extended-range surveillance capabilities for air and surface targets. It offers various operational modes and is designed to streamline operator tasks and reduce training burdens.

Additionally, Hensoldt will integrate its radar with the MSSR 2000 IFF interrogator, enhancing the ships' ability to identify friend or foe targets.

Kelvin Hughes INBS, also part of the supply agreement, incorporates SharpEye naval navigation radars and multifunction displays. These systems are customizable to meet specific operational needs and interface with other ship systems. They are already in use on RFA Tide Class tankers, enabling efficient training, maintenance, and support across the RFA fleet.

HENSOLDT will be investing over £1M into the Enfield factory and test facilities in order to create a new European support hub for Quadome radars.

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