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6 October, 2015 - 14:29 By Kate Sweeney

Radar firm wings into first South America deal

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport: Copyright – Felipe Mendez

The two busiest international airports in Paraguay are using radar technology from Blighter Surveillance Systems in the Cambridge tech cluster to enhance their security. The deals represent Blighter’s first sales in South America.

Paraguay’s National Civil Aviation Administration (DINAC) – via local security systems integrator Omni S.A. – bought the Blighter B400 Series radar solution.

The radars are being deployed at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, near Asunción in Western Paraguay and at Guarani International Airport located on the eastern border in the city of Minga Guazú.

Blighter CEO Mark Radford said: “The significant benefits of the Blighter radar are now being recognised by busy international airports such as London Heathrow and others in the United States, Europe and Africa.

“We plan to build on this success in this region by targeting other airports and infrastructure sites – oil & gas facilities, mines and air bases that would clearly benefit from our advanced protection technology.”

Using Blighter’s PESA technology, man detection ranges out to 3, 5 or 6.5 miles and ultra-wide elevation beams (up to 20 degrees) can be achieved. 
This allows the radars to stand-off from the area to be monitored – for example mounted on top of existing airport buildings, giving clear line-of-sight to an airport perimeter while maintaining the full integrity of the radar coverage zone.

Blighter systems are used worldwide in commercial, government and defence markets as well as in area & asset protection for national border security, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection such as airports, coastal surveillance and in military applications.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. Image copyright – Felipe Mendez

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