Queen Elizabeth, which is being fitted out at Rosyth Dockyard on the Forth, received her long-range radar (the big black slab sitting on top of the forward island) earlier in the summer.

Artisan – also known as 997 in RN parlance – is much smaller, sleeker and lighter (700kg, which is roughly the same as Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren F1 championship-winning racer).

It took two and half years of planning and work for experts from BAE and Queen Elizabeth’s ship’s company to plan the installation of Artisan, which included creating a life-size mock-up of the aft island in Cowes.

That was used to hone the radar’s interaction with the combat systems on-board the QE and her sister ship Prince of Wales, which is rapidly taking shape at Rosyth.

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