Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by Rodman Polyships to supply X and S band SharpEye radar systems for a range of new vessels being supplied to the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG).
With its advanced target detection capability, the solid-state SharpEye radar provides an industry-leading level of maritime situational awareness, Kelvin Hughes said. Through the Doppler processing of the radar returns, SharpEye can identify objects with a low Radar Cross Section (RCS), from semi-submersed objects to the smallest of uncooperative craft, even in the most severe of weather conditions. The radar’s low power output reduces the probability of detection by ESM equipment and, with no magnetron involved, offers through-life cost benefits. Maintenance requirements are reduced to a minimum and there is no need for any formally qualified radar engineer on-board.
When equipped with SharpEye, with its superior detection performance, the vessels will be suited to patrol the full extent of the Omani coastline which runs for some 1,700 kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz in the north to the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the south-west, according to Kelvin Hughes.
This is the fourth time that the ROPCG has commissioned new boats from the company’s Spanish shipyard. Deliveries will begin this year and continue into early 2017.