Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Artisan 3D
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):|
|instrumented range:||> 200 km|
|blind range:||< 200 m|
|beamwidth:||< 2.5 degrees|
|hits per scan:|
|antenna rotation:||30 rpm|
|MTBCF:||> 4 500 h|
|MTTR:||< 0.5 h|
Artisan 3D (Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation) is a medium-range air and surface surveillance 3D radar developed and built by BAE Systems for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. In the Royal Navy it replaces the Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar and got the designator Type 997.
Operational onboard the Royal Navy Type 23 frigates it has become a superior surveillance radar, capable of imaging objects as small as a bird traveling three times greater than the speed of sound. The radar was designed with a compact and light configuration, contributing to the fact that the radar system weighs only approximately 700 kg, allowing installation crew to mount the system within a three-week duration. According to BAE Systems, despite the fact that the radar is small in size, it has the capability to operate through very high signal traffic, as high as 10 000 conflicting phone signals.
Designed to operate on the E or F band frequency, with an outstanding maximum detection range of 200 km, the Artisan 3D is capable to efficiently detect fast inshore attack craft, small aircraft as well as panoply of surface and air threats. Functioning on its primary sensor role with 3D tracking capacity, the Artisan 3D is capable to detect more than 800 targets simultaneously, providing a critical, tactical situational awareness for operator’s safety evaluation and defense mechanism. This generally pictures the radar’s ability to perform in littoral environments, the place where war is more likely to take place and problems most likely to surface. Designed as a software centric system, Artisan 3D helps to boost upgrades capability thus eliminating any necessary costly hardware change. The system’s absolute accuracy and anti-jamming capability, according to the Royal Navy has brought the £100 million procurement into the next stage with proposals of retrofitting the system onto the Royal Navy Type 26 frigates.