HENSOLDT provides SharpEye radar to the Polish Navy

According to a press release published by HENSOLDT UK on April 8, 2021, the firm is pleased to announce the supply of Kelvin Hughes Mk11 X Band SharpEye navigation radars to two Polish NavyKormoran II-class minehunters. ORP Albatros and ORP Mewa were built by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Kelvin Hughes Mk11 X Band SharpEye navigation radars (Picture source: Hensoldt UK)

Installed in conjunction with an OSI Maritime Systems integrated navigation bridge system, the radar will be tasked with navigation and surface surveillance functionality, providing the Polish Navy with solid state radar sensors to ensure safety of navigation whilst providing advanced small target search capability.

ORP Albatros (602) is a ship of Polish Navy's Kormoran II class MCMVs.

The hull of the ship is 58.5 meters long, 10.3 meters wide and has a displacement of 830 tons, made of austenitic stainless steel, which reduces the detectability of the ship's physical fields. The choice of austenitic steel was dictated by its very low magnetic permeability and corrosion resistance. The length between the perpendiculars is 55.58 meters, the width at the waterline is 9.75 meters, and the height to the superstructure deck is 6.4 meters. The height to the main deck at the stern is 4.7 meters, while the design draft is 2.7 meters. The hull consists of 9 watertight compartments structurally divided into 33 separate and then joined sections. The ship has the L-3 ice class. The shape of the hull and superstructure is optimized to reduce the effective area of radar reflection.

The ship's power plant consists of two MTU 8V369TE74L diesel engines with an output power of 1000 kW – 1360 HP, supplemented by three MTU 6R1600M20S generating sets with a rated power of 380 kVA each.

The ship's propulsion is transmitted via shafts to two Voith-Schneider Voith Turbo 21 GH / 160 cycloidal propellers. In order to increase the maneuverability of the unit and at the same time increase the ship's safety level, ORP "Albatros" was also equipped with a Schottel STT 170 AMAG bow thruster with a power of 100 kW. Such a configured propulsion system enables the vessel to travel at a speed of at least 15 knots, and provides a range of not less than 2,500 nautical miles.

The structure of the ship allows it to be operated with a standard crew of 45 people, while providing space for an additional 7 people. "Albatros" is adapted to operate in nuclear, biological and chemical threat environments.

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