TRIALS of a top-secret new generation of radar have started at BAE Systems at Cowes.
The new 3D radar is capable of cutting through interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals.
Testing of ARTISAN 3D is in advance of installation on the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, which are being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland.
It is taking place at BAE Systems’ electromagnetic radar testing facility, a specially insulated facility free of all radio 'clutter’.
ARTISAN 3D is designed to provide extensive air traffic control and has ground-breaking features.
It is capable of tracking more than 900 targets at one time and has the ability to spot objects as small as a tennis ball travelling at up to three times the speed of sound.
The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. The first ship will begin sea trials in 2017.