Maritime Stealth

To ensure in-service ships and submarines remain fit for purpose we test and assess their current detectability and find ways to optimise their stealth characteristics.

Component level measurements give a clear picture of how a signature is composed, and its operational impact. Where we find stealth defects, we recommend and apply corrective measures that get the vessel back into service quickly and reduce lifetime risk and cost.

Our signature measurement facilities are used by navies and naval constructors around the world, including the UK Royal Navy and MOD. We also provide stealth management training for on-board staff and senior staff who direct operations.


Maritime Stealth & Smart Technologies

Our Stealth and Smart Technologies team models, designs, optimises, applies and tests electromagnetic and vibro-acoustic stealth technologies.

We develop and manufacture bespoke materials and devices that control the flow of heat, light, ultraviolet, radio frequencies (RF), acoustics, shock and vibration in and around a platform.

Working with government and the global defence industry, we provide advice and assessment services alongside practical solutions, including Combat ID systems, electronic camouflage and thermal control coatings.

Our products are also at work in many commercial markets – including the built environment, transport, asset management, packaging and energy generation – and our design of a unique ‘stealthy’ radar-compatible wind turbine was recently in the news.



Stealth Design & Optimisation

Strategic support early in the pre-acceptance stage helps navies and naval constructors make the right decisions from the very start of the process. Acting as a trusted advisor through the pre-concept, concept and design phases, we make sure that new ships and submarines are built to signature requirements.

We write specifications that ensure stealth performance targets are considered and met, covering all types of signature: Radar Cross Section (RCS), acoustics, electromagnetics, infrared, hydro acoustics and Target Echo Strength (TES).

Our services span whole platform signature assurance, stealth design and manufacture, signature predictions, component signature measurement, stealth research and demonstration and stealth management systems.



Platform Stealth & Evaluation Services

We support the successful introduction of new and refitted ships and submarines into service, providing an understanding of their signature through the procurement, acquisition and acceptance process.

Through bespoke evaluation trials we measure and assess stealth and weapons system performance, answering the question: is the platform ready for operations?

If performance fails to meet the requirements contracted for, we recommend and apply stealth improvement techniques. This early identification and correction of defects accelerates the procurement process, and reduces risk and cost through life of ownership.

Trials are run at our UK-based signature measurement facilities, or using transportable ranges that test platforms in-situ.