The Royal Navy has installed a ground-breaking radar system on the HMS Queen Elizabeth that is capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball travelling at triple the speed of sound over 25km away.
The Artisan 3D radar system was installed at the end of September and will be used for the first time to deliver air traffic management to provide aircraft carriers with acute awareness and control of the skies around them.
The technology was developed by BAE Systems and is currently in preparation for sea trials.
Artisan 3D is capable of monitoring more than 800 objects simultaneously from 200 to 200,000 metres and cut through radio interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals.
“Artisan is a ground-breaking radar system that delivers real capability to the Royal Navy in its supreme accuracy and uncompromising tracking,” said Les Gregory, BAE Systems director.
“In addition, its world-leading electronic protection measure ensures that even the most complex of jammers will not reduce its effectiveness. We have already seen the radar perform excellently on the Type 23 frigates and are proud to be able to bring this advanced technology to the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers utilising its air traffic management capability for the first time.”
Rear Admiral Henry Parker said Artisan 3D will provide the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier with ‘first-class radar performance’.
The radar technology will be also be fitted to the upcoming HMS Prince of Wales that is set to launch in 2017.
The Royal Navy said that equipping its flagship aircraft carriers with Artisan 3D would allow the vehicles to deliver ‘uncompromising carrier strike capability’ globally.
The carriers will also be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
BAE Systems has been preparing to install the system for two and a half years after designing and developing the technology at its sites in Cowes, Chelmsford and Portsmouth.