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3D radar system passes sea-based acceptance trials

12 January 2017

BAE Systems’ Artisan 3D radar system can monitor 800+ objects simultaneously from 200-200,000m away and cut through radio interference equal to 10,000 phone signals.

BAE Systems’ Artisan 3D radar system (Credit: BAE Systems)

Under a £105M contract, BAE will develop, manufacture and support 19 of these radars for the Royal Navy until 2022. The 19th radar has completed factory testing and among the rest of them, will be delivered to the Ministry of Defence by mid-2017.

Les Gregory, Director for Products and Training Services at BAE Systems said “Artisan 3D is a ground-breaking radar system that delivers real capability to the Royal Navy with its supreme accuracy and uncompromising tracking. Its electronic protection measure ensures that even complex jammers will not reduce its effectiveness.

“Artisan 3D has now been extensively tested, demonstrating high performance with significant flexibility to meet current and future threats. It provides air and surface surveillance and target tracking to support platform and weapon system requirements on a wide range of platforms.”

Jonathan Barratt, Head of the Complex Weapons Team at the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support said “Artisan is a highly capable radar, providing track detection ranges against complex and demanding threats. This contract demonstrates how DE&S, industry and the Royal Navy are working collaboratively to deliver cutting-edge equipment, vital in supporting and protecting our Armed Forces.”

This system has successfully completed three years of trials on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates. It has also been fitted on the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth and will be installed on the second of the new aircraft carriers HMS Prince of Wales, a further two frigates and a landing platform dock assault ship. 

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