COMMERCIAL NEWS — Austal appointed defence distributor for Kelvin Hughes

Commercial News - Austal Appointed Defence Distributor for Kelvin Hughes

Global electronics provider Kelvin Hughes has appointed Austal to lead its defence, border protection and paramilitary sales and support activities in Australia and NZ. The agreement will enable both companies to best support customers in Australasia.

Under the agreement, Austal will sell and support Kelvin Hughes’ naval and marine products, including the KH-2007 Naval Transceiver; Naval MANTADigital (NMD) Display and Processor System; Naval Tactical Display (NTD); SharpEye I- and F-band Transceivers and spare parts.

Austal has provided systems maintenance, repair and integration services for Kelvin Hughes products since 1993.

Austal’s CEO Andrew Bellamy said: “We have developed a unique relationship with Kelvin Hughes over many years which we have now strengthened to best support our shared customer base. We believe this agreement will provide enhanced value to these customers in terms of cost, expertise and operational efficiency.”

Commenting on Austal’s appointment, Kelvin Hughes’ CEO Russell Gould said: “We are very pleased to have formalised our relationship with Austal as there are a number of synergies between our companies. These include growing our regional systems capabilities and the strengthening of our defence offerings to customers including the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.”

Bellamy said the Kelvin Hughes appointment demonstrated further progress in the expansion of the company’s defence and systems activities.

“This agreement, and the one with mission system integrator General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems we announced in March, demonstrates our ability to leverage our in-house capabilities and market position to expand the Austal business,” he said.

Kelvin Hughes is a global provider of marine equipment, navigational solutions and surface surveillance radar systems.

Key products include SharpEye solid state radar sensors, low-profile antennas, display and tracker technology, voyage data recorders, electronic chart displays and integrated bridge systems.

Kelvin Hughes’ surveillance business provides coherent SharpEye and non-coherent radar technologies capable of detecting the smallest of targets and lowest velocities in clutter, meeting the surveillance, safety, and security needs of 30 of the world’s navies as well as coastal and border operators, and security patrols.

A commitment to innovation and radar solution provision is enabling current and new users greater and increasing capability through the application of surveillance radar technologies both at sea and on land.

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Kelvin Hughes SharpEye I-band Transceiver with low-profile antenna.
Kelvin Hughes 26in MANTADigital display.
Kelvin Hughes SharpEye I-band Transceiver with 2.5m antenna.