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    As the Royal Navy embarks on a major modernization of its logistical support fleet, Hensoldt UK, a subsidiary of the German sensor technology giant, has clinched a significant contract to bolster the maritime force’s surveillance and navigation prowess.

    In a move that integrates cutting-edge technology and reinforces Britain’s defense capabilities, Hensoldt UK will be outfitting three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships with sophisticated radar systems and navigation suites.

    These new ships, integral to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will carry the advanced Quadome Naval 3D air and surface radar, characterized by its state-of-the-art friend-or-foe identification features.

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    The Quadome radar, with its capability to detect even small-sized threats, is a linchpin for safer naval operations, particularly in congested maritime areas like the Red Sea.

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    This strategic waterway has witnessed increased naval coalition activities to safeguard shipping lanes from Houthi militia attacks. The Royal Navy’s commitment to secure these vital routes has been underscored by the consideration of deploying an aircraft carrier if necessary.

    The FSS ships will play a pivotal role in supporting the operations of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, acting as the backbone of the replenishment chain. The surveillance technology that Hensoldt UK brings to the table ensures that these vessels can operate with a heightened situance awareness, essential for modern naval engagements.

    The Kelvin Hughes Integrated Navigation Bridge Systems (INBS) are part of the package, including SharpEye naval navigation radars and multifunction displays. These systems are designed for ease of operation and have been customized to meet specific operational and technical needs, with a flexible interface for integration with other ship systems.

    050614-N-0120R-129 Coral Sea (June 14, 2005) Ð The conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) receives fuel during a replenishment at sea from the Royal Australian Navy auxiliary oiler replenishment ship HMAS Success (AOR 304). The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) trail astern. Kitty Hawk is currently operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia’s Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. Seventh Fleet commander’s staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class William H. Ramsey (RELEASED)

    Having the INBS already in operation aboard RFA Tide Class tankers and other fleet ships streamlines training and support, optimizing resource allocation across the fleet.

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    The significance of this contract extends beyond military capabilities, as Hensoldt UK has announced investments exceeding £1 million into their Enfield, North London facilities. This infusion of funds will establish a “new European support hub for Quadome radars,” creating at least 50 highly skilled jobs and securing around 150 existing positions within the company and its UK supply chain.

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    Peter Dillon, Managing Director of Hensoldt UK, remarked on the broader impacts of these contracts: “These contracts support our plans for significant new investment in our UK manufacturing and support facility. We are set to establish a new Quadome radar support and test facility at our Enfield factory, utilizing UK supply chain support.”

    Navantia UK and Team Resolute, the ship program’s lead contractor, have partnered with Hensoldt UK in this ambitious endeavor. Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, non Executive Chairman of Navantia UK, lauded the partnership: “This contract is an important step forward in the progression of the programme, as well as a testament to our commitment to promote highly skilled jobs and prosperity across the UK.”

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    This collaboration signals Hensoldt UK’s foray into the UK’s naval Air Surveillance market and consolidates its standing as a provider of sophisticated integrated bridge systems to the Royal Navy.

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    This technological leap represents a significant stride in the Royal Navy’s ongoing fleet renewal, ensuring that Britain’s maritime forces remain equipped with the tools they need to operate effectively in an ever-evolving strategic landscape.

    Relevant articles:
    Hensoldt UK to build radar tech for Britain’s new naval supply ships, Defense News
    HENSOLDT UK to Equip RFA FSS Ships, Joint Forces
    Delivering the Royal Navy’s future surface fleet, euro-sd.com
    Global Business Press, Global Business Press | GBP

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