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19 February, 2020 - 12:05 By Tony Quested

Korean naval fleet opts for Cambridge radar technology

South Korea defence company Hanwha Systems has chosen Cambridge Pixel  to supply its advanced SPx radar technology for installation on the Republic of Korea Navy’s fleet of Chamsuri II-class patrol boats and FFX-II frigates.

Engineers at Hanwha Systems in Gumi City needed advanced and field-proven radar processing components – including radar acquisition, radar display, radar scan conversion, radar distribution and radar recording – for the development of its latest multi-function display console, the FFX-B2.

It was vital that the software modules provided by Cambridge Pixel could be built into Hanwha’s own application code thereby enabling Hanwha’s development team to deliver a native solution to the Korean Navy which can be maintained and supported locally.

Cambridge Pixel will supply Hanwha Systems with radar interfacing and distribution capability for a number of different radar types, along with software for radar scan conversion, network distribution and multi-channel radar recording.

Each FFX-B2 display console will be equipped with Cambridge Pixel’s radar scan conversion software to convert the polar format network data into a PPI image, which is presented with application graphics as part of the multi-function console display.

By using Cambridge Pixel’s world class off-the-shelf SPx radar components, Hanwha Systems will reduce the development time for its new console and save money. 

The software modules selected will also deliver all the functionality needed for this programme and provide access to new features as the software is updated.

David Johnson, CEO, Cambridge Pixel, said: “We have been working with Hanwha now for nearly 10 years and they regard our engineers as an extension to their own development team.

“Our aim is to give partners, such as Hanwha, flexibility and control over the project by supplying our hardware-agnostic C++ software modules from our SPx library for integration with their own systems.”

Chamsuri II-class craft are a new, smaller, class (230-tons) of South Korean Navy patrol boats intended to replace the ageing Chamsuri-class vessels built for the navy in the 1970s.  FFX-II, an improved variant of Incheon-class (FFX-I) frigates, is intended to replace the Republic of Korea Navy’s ageing fleet of corvettes and frigates.

Cambridge Pixel’s radar technology is used in naval, air traffic control, vessel traffic, commercial shipping, security, surveillance and airborne radar applications. 

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