Kelvin Hughes to Supply Sharpeye Radar Systems
Kelvin Hughes announced that it has been contracted by VisSim, a VTMS system provider and integrator, to supply a total of 11 SharpEye radar sets for the protection of offshore facilities in Azerbaijan.
As part of VisSim’s Marine Asset Protection and Surveillance System, Kelvin Hughes will be providing 10 SBS-800-1 (3.7m antenna) systems for offshore production platforms in the Caspian Sea, typically two radars per platform, and one SBS-800-2 (5.5m antenna) that will be installed onshore. Using a fiber optic connection being developed by Kelvin Hughes, the offshore SharpEye transceivers will be able to transmit more data at higher speeds, ensuring improved picture quality at the radar display. In addition, this technology will deliver greater reliability with lower installation costs at the same time as improving offshore safety by reducing the number of electrical connections.
The onshore SBS-800-2 system will comprise an upmast X-Band SharpEye radar transceiver with a low profile antenna – the adoption of an upmast solution highlighting the high reliability and maintenance-free characteristics of SharpEye.
Full installation of the radars, following a planned program of testing, is scheduled for August 2014.