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October 26, 2018

Blighter to supply counter-UAV radar technology for US DoD

Electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions manufacturer Blighter Surveillance Systems is set to deliver its counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) radar technology for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions manufacturer Blighter Surveillance Systems is set to deliver its counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) radar technology for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The company will supply its A400 series air security / drone detection radar technology to security system supplier Liteye Systems as part of a multi-million-dollar contract with the DoD.

In September, Liteye received the $18m follow-on contract from the US Air Force for the delivery of containerised counter unmanned aircraft defence systems (AUDS).

The containerised anti-unmanned aircraft systems (C-AUS) under the company’s fifth contract will be delivered to the US DoD by the end of the fourth quarter this year.

“The Ku-band micro-Doppler A400 radar systems have been designed to detect micro-drones and larger unmanned systems at speeds ranging from full flight to hover-drift.”

Liteye Systems chief executive officer Kenneth Geyer said: “The Blighter A400 series radars are a key part of our C-UAS solution, which is becoming the go-to defence system in combat.

“We are thrilled to have secured our fifth contract for C-UAS systems since we first supplied the US version of the AUDS system to the US Army in 2016.”

The Blighter A400 series radars are modular non-rotating, electronic-scanning systems that use power-efficient passive electronically scanned array and frequency-modulated continuous wave technologies to enable reliable, small and slow drone detection even in challenging environments.

The Ku-band micro-Doppler A400 radar systems have been designed to detect micro-drones and larger unmanned systems at speeds ranging from full flight to hover-drift.

The all-weather radars feature digital drone detection technology, which allows them to obtain the tiny reflections from modern plastic bodied UAVs even when they are flying close to the ground or near buildings.

Equipped with Blighter A400 series radar, Liteye’s C-AUS system can be used to detect, track, identify and defeat a Group 1 drone in approximately ten seconds at a range of up to 3.5km.

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