Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Navy Upgrading Radars on its Type 23 Frigates
The Navy's Type 23 frigates, the newest of eight surface warships in the fleet, will get new air defense radars. The Type 911 tracking radar spots targets at low elevations, such as sea-skimming missiles, and in cluttered environments. This was a shortcoming of the earlier Type 910 tracking radar. The 911 is linked to the Seawolf air-defense missile system. BAE Systems is getting about $5.25 million for the hardware and installation, which will be done in conjunction with Chile's Asmar shipyard. The two companies have already teamed up on maintenance and upgrade projects for the Navy's British-built frigates.