Kelvin Hughes to Supply SharpEye Solid-State Naval Radar Sensors for LCS, MMSC Vessels

Kelvin Hughes has been selected by bridge integrator OSI Maritime Systems Ltd (OSI) to supply a number of SharpEye solid-state naval radar sensors for installation on board U.S. Navy’s LCS 27 littoral combat ship and four LCS-based Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) vessels for Saudi Arabia.

Working closely with OSI, Kelvin Hughes is providing the X band and S Band SharpEye sensors for integration into an IMO-approved OSI Bridge and Navigation system.

The naval radar sensors are the latest state-of-the-art direct drive navigation and surface search radar. Utilising a near 100% carbon fiber construction, the solution is not only high performance but significantly lighter than the previous versions. The corrosion resistant carbon fiber construction is low maintenance, built to military standards and designed for the harsh rigours on board a naval vessel.

Adrian Pilbeam, Vice President of Kelvin Hughes LLC said: “The supply of SharpEye into these two high profile programs is the culmination of many years’ work with the US Navy, OSI and Lockheed Martin. The unique performance and inherent reliability of SharpEye was one of the key selection factors. The future flexibility of the solid-state architecture will allow for incremental upgrades in the future with minimal hardware changes, allowing SharpEye to provide the features the US Navy requires in a Surface Search and Navigation radar sensor both now, and in the future.”

USS Nantucket (LCS-27)

USS Nantucket (LCS-27) will be a Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS) of the U.S. Navy. It will be the third commissioned ship in naval service named after Nantucket.

Freedom-class LCS are designed and built by the Lockheed Martin’s LCS team (Lockheed Martin, Gibbs & Cox, Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Bollinger Shipyards).

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) was awarded the contract to build the ship on 6 October 2017.

Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC)

The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) is a derivative of the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ship with more protection and firepower, proposed by Lockheed Martin.

MMSC was selected to fulfill the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF) multi-mission surface combatant requirement. The U.S. government approved the sale of four LCS Freedom Variant derivatives called Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) to Saudi Arabia in October 2015, for an estimated cost of $11.25 billion. The deal also included armaments and support equipment.

In May 2017, the United States Navy and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for four MMSCs. This agreement represents the first sale of a U.S.-built surface combatant to another nation in more than 40 years.

The MMSC is a lethal and highly maneuverable multi-mission surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation. It was designed from the keel up to confront modern maritime and economic security threats.

The MMSC takes the proven capabilities of the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom-variant hull to meet the unique maritime requirements of international navies. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. It will be based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship’s 118 meter hull and it will utilize the same combined diesel and gas propulsion system.

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