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22 Nov 21. TCI International and Enterprise Control Systems to Highlight Counter-UAS Partnership at AOC International, Washington DC, 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2021.
Executives from TCI International, Inc. (TCI) and Enterprise Control Systems Ltd. (ECS) will jointly emphasize the following items of interest to the electromagnetic warfare community:
- ECS joins TCI under SPX Corporation – SPX announced on August 3 that it had acquired ECS and joined TCI under the corporation’s Communications Technology (“CommTech”) platform to address evolving threats in the RF spectrum battlespace. Headquartered near Northampton, UK, ECS is a leader in the design and manufacture of highly engineered tactical datalinks and radio frequency (RF) inhibitors, to counter – unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) and counter remotely controlled improvised explosive devices (C-RCIEDs).
- Introducing BlackTALONTM: Integrated counter-drone solution – ECS and TCI introduces the new BlackTALON series of counter-drone solutions. The new platform provides RF-only drone detection, location and defeat capabilities; or the addition of radar and electro-optical sensors for more robust detection, tracking and target identification. In addition, any existing Blackbird COMINT system can be upgraded to perform full drone RF detection, location, identification, tracking, and defeat.
- Introducing Independent Claw: Independent Claw is a self-contained directional inhibitor system that combines an RF transmitter with a high-gain, multi-band directional antenna system. Claw RF Inhibitor’s sensor-agnostic, modular design means it could not be easier for an integrator looking for an RF defeat solution to harmonize seamlessly with third party multisensory C2 drone detection and kinetic systems, to provide world-class RF inhibition capability for C-UAS.
- Introducing BlackSWIFTTM: Next Generation Tactical COMINT Hardware Platform – TCI leverages 50+ years’ RF spectrum expertise to provide significant performance improvements and higher levels of CONOPS flexibility with its BlackSWIFT hardware platform. Designed to operate the Blackbird COMINT and drone detection and geolocation software, the platform provides faster scan rates, broader instantaneous bandwidths, programmable DDCs, and man portable IP67 and rack-mount configurations.
Together, ECS and TCI will provide a more holistic, yet increasingly customer-tailored solution for the full lifecycle of RF communications: from tactical datalinks providing long-range, secure communications; to tactical SIGINT/COMINT solutions that detect, locate and classify RF communications; to RF inhibitors that can inhibit RF communications signals. Hardware and software integration across offerings from both companies will optimize signals intelligence, paint a clearer battlefield common operational picture (COP) of the RF spectrum and facilitate threat interdiction.
18 Nov 21. Northrop Grumman Platform-Agnostic AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye Pod Achieves First Flight on an Operational F-16. Successful flight demonstrates interoperability of the radar pod with the F-16 fighter. The Air National Guard has flown the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar pod on an operational F-16 for the first time. The Air Force intends to deploy the pod operationally to both its Guard and Reserve F-16 fleets.
“The addition of the Dragon’s Eye to the F-16 Viper is a force multiplier, enabling warfighters to detect, track, identify and target faster in theater,” said Susan Bruce, vice president, advanced mission capabilities, Northrop Grumman. “This pod is rapidly adaptable to new platforms and it features advanced radar modes that can be shared across our fifth-generation radar portfolio.”
The AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye pod is already operational on the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. It can be integrated on both large and fighter-sized platforms. Northrop Grumman has previously integrated the AN/ASQ-236 pod on an Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130 gunship and Air Force Global Strike Command B-52 bomber during a proof of concept demonstration.
The AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye radar pod is a tactical Ku-band AESA radar surveillance pod that provides aircrew with all-weather, multi-target detection, track and engagement capability. Northrop Grumman’s sensors and electronic warfare systems give warfighters superiority across the spectrum and allow for faster, more informed decisions.
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18 Nov 21. Boeing Delivers First P-8A Poseidon to Norway. Aircraft is the first of five ordered by Norway and the 142nd P-8 aircraft delivered to global customers. The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) today accepted the first of five Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will be operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).
“Norway is responsible for large maritime areas in a strategically important part of the world, and the new P-8A Poseidon will represent a tremendous improvement in our ability to both protect our sovereignty and understand developments in these areas. Today’s delivery of our first P-8A is an important milestone in the modernization of Norway’s maritime patrol aircraft capability,” said Mette Sørfonden, director general of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. “I’m very pleased that the NDMA will soon be able to provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with a whole new generation of aircraft that will play an important role in preserving our national security for many years to come.”
Norway’s first P-8A aircraft, named Vingtor, was delivered to the NDMA during a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The milestone comes four years after the NDMA entered into an agreement with the U.S. Navy for the P-8A, and two years before the new aircraft are scheduled to begin taking over maritime patrol duties in Norway’s high north.
“We’re honored to provide this unmatched, multimission maritime patrol capability to Norway,” said Stu Voboril, vice president and program manager, P-8 Programs. “Norway joins seven other global customers that have selected or already operate the P-8 and benefit greatly from its long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. We look forward to enhancing our continued and enduring partnership with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and supporting the future fleet’s sustainment and training needs.”
Norway’s four remaining aircraft are all in advanced stages of production and will be delivered to the NDMA in 2022. The five P-8As will replace the RNoAF current fleet of six P-3 Orions and two DA-20 Jet Falcons and will be operated by 333 Squadron at Evenes Air Station.
Norwegian companies Nammo, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Andoya Space and Berget currently have agreements with Boeing that are part of a tailored industrial cooperation plan related to Norway’s acquisition of five P-8A aircraft. Boeing continues to work with the NDMA and Norwegian industry to expand that plan and support economic growth throughout Norway.
The delivery to Norway also marks the 142nd P-8 aircraft delivered to global customers, including the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. First deliveries to New Zealand, Korea and Germany will take place in 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively.
To date, the global operating P-8 fleet has amassed more than 400,000 mishap-free flight hours. The P-8 is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. In addition, the P-8 performs humanitarian and search and rescue missions around the globe.
17 Nov 21. Counter-drone tech at Dubai Airshow reflects UAE’s interest in the capability. Although not as abundant as drones, countermeasures against the unmanned systems are certainly prevalent at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, which is taking place Nov. 14-18.
Two counter-drone systems showcased at the event reflect the United Arab Emirates’ interest in such technology: U.S.-based Fortem Technologies displayed its SkyDome, which is already operational in the Gulf country; and Emirati company International Golden Group showed off the Israeli system Skylock, which underwent testing in the UAE.
Fortem revealed at the show it had integrated a new drogue net to the SkyDome that allows the system to now neutralize UAV threats classified as Group 2 and Group 3. That means the system can now target drones that weigh less than 1,320 pounds, per a 2015 Pentagon report on unmanned aircraft systems. The SkyDome could previously only neutralize drones around 20 pounds or less.
Fortem CEO Timothy Bean claimed the counter-drone system is “100% autonomous, and the company is working on countering drone swarms.”
He added that Boeing, Toshiba and Mubadala are invested in the company, and that the UAE ordered the system.
SkyDome works via radar guidance and physical tracking. The system features TrueView radar systems, an electronic management system and a drone hunter — basically a UAV with two integrated boxes from which nets launch when a threat is detected.
“The drone performs missions against insurgent terrorist drones flying in and hitting bases. Smaller threats are caught with the net and sent to forensic examination to find out who built it and for what purposes, and how to defeat it in the future,” Gary Watson, the vice president for solutions at Fortem, told Defense News.
He added that larger drones are caught with the drogue net, which releases a parachute and brings down the threat.
“We have had a lot of U.S. and foreign government testing, and we’ve been extensively certified for operations by governments. We did a major test with two Japanese agencies [and with the] U.S. We just did a big demonstration in the Netherlands; they are testing it at the airport. And [there is] a lot of testing I can’t talk about as well. All of them successful, and greatly exceeds the requirements that government places us for kill,” Watson said.
What about Skylock?
Close by, the International Golden Group was showing off Skylock’s counter-drone system. Skylock is owned by Israeli company Avnon.
The platform can be used to protect critical assets as well as secure military and police facilities.
Emirati company officials told Defense News that the system was tested twice in the country and that each was a success. “The testing within UAE environment was conducted by UAE armed forces for radio frequency detection and jamming. These tests were successful, and the armed forces showed interest in the system,” an Emirati official said.
The officials confirmed that the UAE has not yet signed a contract for the system. (Source: Defense News)
16 Nov 21. AeroVironment’s New Mantis i45 N Multi-Sensor Imaging Payload Delivers Advanced ISR for Nighttime Operations.
- Mantis i45 N provides maximum visibility during low-light or nighttime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations
- All-environment rated payload maintains similar footprint to battle proven Mantis i45, for fast in-field change-out of payloads between day and night operations
- No software updates required to Puma UAS avionics or ground control stations for legacy system compatibility
AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today introduced the Mantis™ i45 N, a multi-sensor nighttime imaging payload compatible with Puma™ 2 AE, Puma™ 3 AE and Puma™ LE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Lightweight (905 g) and compact, the new Mantis i45 N joins AeroVironment’s expansive Mantis product line of micro-gimbals delivering high-quality video and imagery downlink to UAS operators.
Mantis i45 N is a dual-axis, gyro-stabilized, multi-sensor nighttime imaging payload designed for maximum visibility during low-light or nighttime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The next-generation imaging system features improved long-wave IR (LWIR) thermal cameras with narrow-angle 32 mm and wide-angle 9.2 mm IR with 7.6x electronic zoom, allowing operators to capture high-resolution video at extended range. Designed for both superior night and low-light performance, the new imaging system also includes an upgraded 5-megapixel monochrome low-light camera sensor and high-powered 860 nm laser illuminator. Through its advanced suite of sensors, the Mantis i45 N payload allows Puma UAS operators to extend aircraft standoff distance for covert operations.
“Today’s battlefield is dynamic and UAS operators increasingly rely on multiple payloads to successfully complete their missions,” said Charles Dean, AeroVironment vice president for global business development and sales of UAS. “The new Mantis i45 N is a game changer during low-light or nighttime ISR operations, delivering increased situational awareness and advanced threat detection in any environment.”
Built on the trusted and battlefield proven Mantis i45, the enhanced night variant Mantis i45 N maintains the same housing form-factor, allowing for a quick and simple change-out of payloads between day and night operations. Plug and play operational, no software updates are required for Puma UAS avionics or ground control stations for legacy system compatibility. Mantis i45 N is also natively compatible with AeroVironment’s Crysalis™ next generation ground control solution. To learn more, visit: https://www.avinc.com/uas/payloads
17 Nov 21. Halcon unveils Hunter family of ISR UAVs. United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) EDGE group subsidiary Halcon unveiled Hunter, a family of tube- and hand-launched electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at the Dubai Airshow 2021. The family of UAVs includes the fixed-wing tube-launched Hunter 2, Hunter 5 and Hunter 10, with the numbers denoting the payload each can carry (in kg), and a rotary-wing version. All the AVs are custom designed, operate using GPS and optical navigation and can be employed in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and attack missions. The Hunter 10 small UAV features a single straight wing pivoted to the top of the trapezoidal streamlined fuselage, V-tail, and a four-bladed propeller at the rear of the fuselage. When in the tube the wing aligns longitudinally with the fuselage and rotates to transverse direction when expelled. The AV has a laser seeker at the bottom of the rear part of the fuselage. The Hunter 10 has a wingspan of 4.2 m, length of 3.4 m, and a maximum take-off weight of 47 kg. The electric motor allows the AV to achieve a service ceiling of 2,500 m, cruising speed of 60 kt, endurance of 40 minutes and a communication range of 62 km. The Hunter 5 mini-UAV features a podded fuselage, straight wings strapped at an angle at the top of the fuselage. Here the AV has a foldable tail mounted on a boom that takes conventional tail form when released from the tube. The nose of the AV has two twin-bladed co-axial propellers and the EO/IR sensor is attached to the fuselage pod. 17 Nov 21. (Source: Janes)
17 Nov 21. EDGE entity Earth and L3Harris to open WESCAM EO/IR service centre in UAE. The agreement is aimed at localising WESCAM MX service capability under a WESCAM Authorized Service Center. EDGE Group entity Earth and L3Harris Technologies have signed an agreement to open a WESCAM MX-Series electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems service centre in the UAE. This agreement has been signed at the Dubai Airshow 2021, which is being held at the Dubai World Central in the UAE until 18 November. According to EDGE, a WESCAM Authorized Service Center (WASC) will aim to localise WESCAM MX service capability. In addition, the transfer of knowledge will support depot-level service capability expansion into an advanced assembly facility.
EDGE Program Acquisition senior vice-president head Omar Al Zaabi said: “By collaborating with L3Harris, we will create an advanced assembly facility enabling end-users here in the UAE and across the region, to fully benefit from both Earth’s and L3Harris’ turnkey solutions, and greater knowledge sharing, to provide them with the superior technological, engineering, and logistical servicing of WESCAM MX-Series EO/IR systems.
“EDGE continues to seek strategically important relationships to leverage its position as the regional leader in advanced technologies to deliver to customers cutting-edge solutions across the defence sector and beyond, and to bolster UAE national capabilities in the field.”
The improved 42,000ft² service centre is expected to be operational next year.
It features tooling equipment needed to service WESCAM MX-Series EO/IR systems regionally and also localises maintenance capability to the UAE’s Armed Forces.
L3Harris Electro-optics president Kristin Houston said: “L3Harris continues to invest to create an advanced customer-care ecosystem and establish a foundation for self-reliant national defence globally.
“Together with Earth’s in-country experience and dedication to real-time mission execution, our regional support structure will increase customer operational availability and minimise maintenance turnaround times.”
15 Nov 21. NATO conducts first full-blown counter-UAS exercise. NATO is to analyse the results of its first fully-fledged technical exercise to locate, identify, and counter hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) – particularly from swarm attacks.
The data will then be farmed out to industry, researchers, and other trusted stakeholders in early 2022 to address gaps in capability and command-and-control (C2) reactivity. Looking ahead, NATO also aims to nudge the allies toward a new common standard for interoperable tactical data exchange among their diverse C-UASs and components, according to allied officials.
Seventy technical systems and some 30 companies, national defence agencies, and NATO research and policy units were involved in the 2–12 November exercise, dubbed C-UAS Technical Interoperability Exercise 2021 (TIE21). TIE21’s counter-drone activities were carried out at a Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) base near Tenlo, and organised by the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).
A central objective for the NCIA was data-capture across TIE21’s various radar units, jammers, radio direction finders, C2 systems, and effectors in order to finger problems such as bandwidth deficiency, excessive latency or false positives. (Source: Janes)
12 Nov 21. US Army operates BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD small target tracking system during Fort Sill exercise. During the US Army’s late spring Directed Energy Manoeuvre-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) Combat Shoot-Off (CSO), soldiers at Fort Sill operated BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD Independent Target Acquisition and Tracking System (ITATS). The system successfully demonstrated the capability to provide independent precision cues, illumination, and identification to facilitate the kill-chain against multiple threats in real-world conditions, according to the BlueHalo press release. BlueHalo performed this work as a subcontractor to KBR’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kord, the prime contractor for the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s DE M-SHORAD program.
The performance of BlueHalo’s DE M-SHORAD ITATS demonstrates the company’s commitment to soldier-centred design. The system combines precision optical hardware with advanced software, algorithms, and processing to enable the directed energy kill-chain, which includes tracking, identifying, and engaging a wide variety of targets.
BlueHalo’s mature ITATS solution provides proven ‘laser quality’ precision electro-optic/infrared, pointing, tracking, identification, designation, and cueing against a wide variety of threats such as Unmanned Aerial Systems and Rockets, Artillery and Mortar,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo Chief Executive Officer. For more information visit: www.bluehalo.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
12 Nov 21. Fortem Technologies announces longer range SkyDome drone mitigation capability at Dubai Airshow. Counter drone company Fortem Technologies has announced the release of SkyDome System 3.7 at the Dubai Airshow, 14-18 November.
SkyDome System 3.7 adds longer range target validation and implementation of additional unique urban clutter suppression algorithms. This update enables the defeat of low flying targets at longer ranges in urban and other highly-cluttered environments.
The Fortem SkyDome System consists of a low cost and small form factor family of TrueView radar, a low SWAP-C radar system with AI on the edge technology for detecting, tracking, and classifying multiple simultaneous small, low to the ground airborne objects; and the Fortem DroneHunter, which autonomously pursues, captures, and tows away dangerous or malicious drones with no collateral damage.
SkyDome System 3.7 also pairs DroneHunter’s extended mitigation range with a long-range camera option that extends the ability to validate a target visually. Fortem says the SkyDome System 3.7 offers visual validation up to three times further than many other camera systems, and utilizes an 88X zoom camera. In conjunction with Fortem TrueView radar, this enhanced visual validation range offers one of the longest end-to-end detection, validation, and mitigation ranges in the industry.
SkyDome System 3.7 also introduces urban clutter suppression algorithms which allows the system to accurately view threatening drones in urban and other high clutter environments.
This new capability, when combined with DroneHunter’s range, provides an opportunity to secure events, critical infrastructure, and other key areas of interest with the stand-off distances needed to keep them safe, according to the Fortem Technologies press release.
“The SkyDome System naturally evolves to safely defeat larger and multiple targets where other systems are limited by cost, size, power, range, safety, or single drone targeting,” said Timothy Bean, CEO of Fortem Technologies. “This 3.7 update is an example of that natural evolution where updates are added to a fundamentally disruptive autonomous architecture to create real, viable, ongoing solutions to the evolving drone threat.” For more information visit: www.fortemtech.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
11 Nov 21. Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks “prove new counter UAS technology at NATO TIE exercise.” Counter drone companies Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks have collaborated to prove a new high performance and autonomous 3D detection and tracking system for use in counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) missions. Integrated through the new SAPIENT standard protocol and tested at the NATO Technical Interoperability Exercise (TIE) event in De Peel Airbase in the Netherlands, the solution combines the proven R&S ARDRONIS drone detection solution with the recently released SkyAI Autonomous Optical technology, says a joint press release.
NATO TIE will evaluate how the latest autonomous C-UAS sensors interact, using a new “plug and play” standard called SAPIENT (Sensing for Asset Protection with Integrated Electronic Networked Technology), with the latest command and control systems and decision engines; ultimately testing performance against escalating UAS threats. The technology from Rohde & Schwarz and OpenWorks are individually or combined autonomous sensing modules (ASM), and fused with the network data.
R&S ARDRONIS provides a primary detection capability to locate unmanned aircraft and remote controller (pilot) using a very reliable spectrum analysis approach. SkyAI takes the 2D data from the ARDRONIS output and combines it with data being provided through the SAPIENT network from other sensors. It then takes control of any EO/IR camera system to search for the UAS autonomously using real-time advanced AI target classification, locking on to the target UAS and streaming high-quality video to the system operator for further threat analysis. SkyAI fuses data from the EO/IR and R&S ARDRONIS sensors to provide a full 3D location of the UAS being tracked back to the command-and-control system. All of this was successfully tested during the NATO TIE exercise.
“It is really exciting to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz on this exercise and the combination of our technology. We share the same enthusiasm and drive to develop the best performing systems. I know there will be more to come from this partnership,” Chris Down, OpenWorks Managing Director, said.
“The joined C-UAS solution deployed at the NATO TIE exercise met all expectations, thanks to the great collaboration we have with OpenWorks,” said Frank Mayer, Vice President Spectrum Monitoring and C-UAS, Rohde & Schwarz.
For more information visit: www.rohde-schwarz.com; www.openworksengineering.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
05 Nov 21. New advances in counter-UAV radar technology improve airport security. As drone technology becomes better in quality and lower in price, there is an inevitable increase in curiosity in drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Recreational and professional operators alike seek to push the boundaries of how high and far they can go, for example, in the search for just the right film and photo footage. Whether unwitting or not, the likelihood of a drone encroaching on sensitive airspace increases with almost every passing day, and with this, the safety and economic risk to infrastructures like airports can be severely compromised. Around the world, there have been many cases of airports having to, at best, delay or divert flights, and, at worst, shut down operations completely. The cost of the latter is huge. Further heightening the threat, of course, is the likelihood of a much greater number of unreported incidental cases beyond the documented cases.
Little time to lose
It is understandable, therefore, that airport authorities are looking for effective solutions to improve their ability to detect low, slow and small targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Without question, authorities need to be able to control their airspace with utmost confidence and precision.
Time is certainly of the essence. The sooner a threat is evaluated, the more time there is to evaluate any risk and determine a suitable course of action. Being able to detect and classify a small, lightweight UAV at a distance of several kilometers – and then quickly analyze its velocity and course – can make the difference between normal operations and a complete flight shutdown.
Modern Doppler radar technology is one of the most effective means of achieving this. But it’s not enough alone. It is the combination with supporting technologies, including 3D digital array and data capture systems, that provides operators with comprehensive tracking and analysis capabilities that are needed in today’s cluttered air traffic environments.
High-performance, high-accuracy detection
As specialists within Doppler radar technology solutions, Weibel Scientific’s developers are constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with X-Band FMCW/CW sensor systems and FMCW 3D digital-array surveillance.
With Weibel Scientific’s latest release, the XENTA counter-UAV radar, flight traffic controllers can gain access to a solution developed specifically to detect and track all types and sizes of fixed-winged or propelled drones, whether flying alone or in clusters. These radars meet all the necessary requirements for drone detection and surveillance for civilian applications, such as critical infrastructure protection, border protection, perimeter control and unmanned traffic management (UTM).
Full coverage of the smallest objects
Featuring a 30 to 60-degree elevation opening angle and 360-degree azimuth coverage, and using advanced dynamic clutter-mapping and MTD-processing, the XENTA radars can distinguish at a long distance even the smallest micro-Doppler signals generated by propelled micro or mini-drones.
Available in low-power and high-power variants, the XENTA radar detects, classifies and tracks drones within the full surveillance-volume with impressive precision – even when challenged by high-clutter environments. Comprehensive testing has shown that the XENTA can consistently detect and classify, for example, a Phantom 4 drone at distance of up to five kilometers.
Advanced analysis capabilities
Based on an open-architecture interface, the XENTA can be integrated with any common third-party command control system, allowing track data generated from targets, including 3D position and velocity, to be reported at a high data-rate and with minimal latency. The data can be easily integrated in an electronic flight bag (EFB), which ultimately ensures that air traffic control, airlines and aircraft operators gain all the surveillance information needed for full situational awareness.
It is capabilities such as these that ensure that flight controllers can conduct accurate, real-time UAS monitoring and bird avoidance, in the same way that they conduct active weather avoidance both airborne and on the runway.
With the XENTA radar solution, airport authorities gain an effective means to counter the proliferation of ever-smaller UAVs. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
Blighter Surveillance Systems is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of best-in-class electronic-scanning ground-based radars, surveillance solutions and Counter-UAS systems. Blighter’s solid-state micro-Doppler products are deployed in more than 35 countries across the globe, delivering consistent all-weather security protection and wide area surveillance along borders, coastlines, at military bases and across critical infrastructure such as airports, oil and gas facilities and palaces. Blighter radars are also used to protect manoeuvre force missions when deployed on military land vehicles and trailers, and its world-beating multi-mode radar represents a great leap in threat detection technology and affordability for use in a variety of scenarios.
The Blighter range of radar products are used for detecting a variety of threats, from individuals on foot to land vehicles, boats, drones and low-flying aircraft at ranges of up to 32 km. Blighter Surveillance Systems employs 40 people and is located near Cambridge, UK, where it designs, produces and markets its range of unique patented solid-state radars. Blighter prides itself on being an engineer-led business committed to providing cost-effective and flexible solutions across the defence, critical infrastructure and national security markets.