New radar is a milestone for the future of the navy

Artisan 3D Medium Range Radar Type 997
Artisan 3D Medium Range Radar Type 997
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THE installation of a new radar system developed for the Royal Navy’s new Type 23 frigates is a ‘significant milestone’ for BAE Systems, the company has said.

As previously reported in The News, the new system has been installed on HMS Iron Duke, and can track 800 objects at the same time, from those size of tennis balls to aircraft carriers more than 100 miles away.

The Artisan radar system was developed by BAE Systems Maritime Services arm, based both within Portsmouth Naval Base and at Broad Oak, Hilsea.

Swiftly and easily installed, the radar is made out of the same lightweight carbon glass fibre materials found in Formula 1 racing cars.

It is five times more powerful than its predecessor and takes a single team of engineers 21 days to fit.

Ahead of its installation on HMS Iron Duke, the system underwent an extensive programme of trials designed to prove its performance which involved testing sessions in an anechoic chamber – a room designed to completely absorb reflections of both sound and electromagnetic waves similar to that used to test the Eurofighter Typhoon’s electronic capabilities.

Rory Fisher, managing director, BAE Systems Maritime Services said: ‘BAE Systems is playing a key role in helping the fleets of the future evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of the battlespace, creating technology solutions that are quicker, lighter, more resilient and easier to implement than ever before.

‘We are tremendously excited by the successful installation of Artisan on HMS Iron Duke which marks a significant milestone in the wider programme and we’re proud of our continuing partnership with the Royal Navy and the role we are playing in delivering first-class radar performance.’

The system’s supreme accuracy and anti-jamming capability means that it will be used by the Royal Navy for the £100m programme to equip the Type 23 frigates, amphibious ships and the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. It has also been proposed for the new Type 26 frigates.