Cambridge radar makes debut in India
Blighter Surveillance Systems, a Cambridge cluster designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning (E-scan) radars and surveillance solutions, has secured its first sale into India for its Blighter B400 series E-scan micro Doppler ground surveillance radars.
The contract was awarded by system integrator Tata Power Company Limited (Strategic Engineering Division) following Blighter’s success at a radar/sensor trial organised by India’s border management organisation in Gwalior in November/December 2016.
The radars will be deployed by Tata Power during 2018 as part of the Indian Government’s Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS).
The CIBMS programme aims to establish a multi-tier security ring – ground surveillance radar, thermal cameras, unattended ground sensors, seismic vibration systems, fences and fence protection systems – to protect the country’s long international borders. Pilot projects are already underway as part of this modernisation programme.
Mark Radford, CEO, Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “This is great news for Blighter in India and further confirmation of the quality of our ultra-reliable, zero-maintenance Blighter B400 series radar.
“Yet again, our product outperformed all the other radars in a Government-sponsored trial achieving the highest benchmarking performance and top technical score during the evaluation.”
The Blighter radar’s wide (20-degree) elevation beam was a key feature for the Indian CIBMS project as it ensures that the radar can operate effectively in all terrains allowing hills, mountains, plains, riverine territories and marshes to be scanned simultaneously, without the need to tilt the radar.
The wide beam also provides detection of low flying manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.
Radford added: “Our radar’s PESA technology and wide elevation beams are a big advantage for border security and were a key factor in securing this Indian contract as they allow the radars to be mounted on towers, buildings and other infrastructure and to surveil an area of over 3,000 km² (1,800 square miles) in just seconds.”
Blighter Surveillance Systems has now sold hundreds of its E-scan ground surveillance radars across 35 different countries. It has systems deployed along the Korean demilitarised zone, on the US Southern border, in several Middle Eastern countries and now in India.
The company’s 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 oil & gas facilities, coastal surveillance and in military applications.
• PHOTOGRAPH: Blighter CEO Mark Radford (right) with Cdr YVV Prasad, India Business Head (left)