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17 Dec 15. Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems Limited (www.blighter.com), a British electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and sensor solution provider, has won the coveted Battlespace Businessman of the Year award for 2015. Battlespace C4ISTAR Technologies magazine is a leading international defence industry publication.
Receiving the award at a special reception held at Chepstow Racecourse, Mark Radford, said: “It is an honour to receive this award as it recognises the enormous hard work of our dedicated team of engineering and support staff and their contribution to our ongoing success.
“Our radars are deployed in over 20 different countries and used by the British Army for force protection, and in numerous asset protection and border security applications, including monitoring the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).”
Battlespace publisher, Julian Nettlefold, said: “This is the eleventh year of our awards and we are thrilled that Mark has been nominated by our readers as the Battlespace Businessman of the Year for 2015. He joins a select group that includes some of the outstanding leaders in the global defence industry.”
Mark has worked in radar for his entire career. He was first sponsored by GEC Marconi Radar and Defence Systems, now a division of BAE Systems in Chelmsford. He began his career as a digital signal processing engineer using the earliest 68000 and Bit-slice processing technology and found his roots in radar technology to be invaluable for his role as CEO at Blighter Surveillance Systems.
The patented Blighter e-scan Doppler radar delivers a 24/7 all-weather persistent surveillance capability. It can detect a walking person at 11km (6.8 miles) or a large moving vehicle at 25km (15.5 miles) and then cue a camera system to follow and identify targets. The Blighter radar has recently been enhanced to detect small consumer drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and has been integrated into the world’s first Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) capable of detecting, tracking and disrupting drones at ranges up to 8km (5 miles).
Blighter Surveillance Systems delivers an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter radars plus cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Its ITAR-free systems are used worldwide in commercial, government and defence markets in area and asset protection for national border security, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection such as airports, coastal surveillance, and in military applications.
17 Dec 15. The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $107.8m foreign military sale contract to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Indian Army, making India the 15th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Under the contract, $107.8m is obligated to Lockheed Martin with a total value not to exceed $215.7m. The contract includes 23 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares for India, which extends production at Lockheed Martin facilities in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, through 2019.
“Our high-performing, reliable sensor system for the Apache helicopter will give Indian Army aviators the ability to acquire, engage and destroy adversary threats from extended ranges,” said Mike Taylor, director of M-TADS/PNVS international and sustainment programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The capability that our sensor provides results in enhanced aircraft survivability, pilot safety and mission success.”
Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for safe flight during day, night and adverse weather missions. The forward-looking infrared sensors’ enhanced image resolution enable Apache aircrews to accurately identify