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3D Radar Fitted To HMS Queen Elizabeth After Sea Trials

The Royal Navy's newly-developed radar system, the Artisan 3D, has completed its three years of trials.The systems will now be fitted to new...

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The Royal Navy's newly-developed radar system, the Artisan 3D, has completed its three years of trials.

The systems will now be fitted to new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is due in Portsmouth later in the year.

The radar is extremely powerful, with the ability to monitor over 800 objects at any one time, from up to 200,000 metres away.

It's undertaken sea trials across multiple frigates over the last few years and has now proven its effectiveness in an operational environment.

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A £105 million contract with BAE Systems will see the development and manufacture of 19 of the radars for the Royal Navy, the first of which will be delivered to the MoD by mid-2017.

Jonathan Barratt, Head of the Complex Weapons Team at the MoD's Defence Equipment & Support said:

 "Artisan is a highly-capable radar, providing record breaking track detection ranges against complex and demanding threats."

A spokesperson for BAE Systems said of the new development:

"Artisan 3D is a ground-breaking radar system that delivers real capability to the Royal Navy with its supreme accuracy and uncompromising tracking.

"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."

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