HENSOLDT UK gains Type Approval for its Manta NEO X band radar

Manta NEO X band radar. ©HENSOLDT UK

Enfield/UK, 21 March 2024 – Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT UK announces the successful completion of Type Approval for its latest Manta NEO X band radar system, designed specifically for the commercial shipping market.

Issued by TÜV SÜD BABT, the Type Approval certificate confirms that the Manta NEO X band radar system complies with the Marine Equipment Directive for Shipborne Radar Equipment CAT 1 and CAT 2 with Chart Option. This approval encompasses the entire radar system, including the Kelvin Hughes radar display and software, Manta NEO X band radar sensor, and antenna.

The Manta NEO X band radar delivers superior target separation and long-range resolution using CHIRP pulse compression and beam sharpening technology. Equipped with the latest technology, the Manta NEO solid-state X band radar ensures exceptional reliability and lower through-life costs eliminating the need for magnetron replacements. Its versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of vessels, from workboats to large tankers and cruise ships.

In extreme weather conditions, the Manta NEO X band radar system guarantees simplicity, visibility, and safety. Its solid-state technology enhances efficiency and enables rapid start-up. Additionally, compatibility with the renowned Kelvin Hughes Multifunction Displays ensures seamless integration and ease of use.

“Building on the heritage of the Kelvin Hughes Manta series, this Manta NEO radar system offers a combination of superior detection performance, versatility, high reliability, and cost-effectiveness,” said Adrian Pilbeam, Head of Radar and Naval Solutions at HENSOLDT UK. “Customers can expect significant benefits, making it the ideal solution for commercial vessels of all kinds.”



HENSOLDT UK is a global leader in the design, production and manufacture of maritime navigation and surveillance radar systems and solutions. Based in Enfield, North London, the company sets the international standard in solid state radar sensor technology with Kelvin Hughes SharpEye and its market leading navigation and tactical radar display systems. The flexible SharpEye technology is applied to a diverse range of applications, including naval navigation and surveillance, helicopter control, coastal and border surveillance, port VTS, critical infrastructure protection and other land-based security applications.



HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with a global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data fusion, artificial intelligence, and cyber security. With 7,000 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.85 billion euros in 2023. HENSOLDT is listed in the MDAX of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 


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