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30 November, 2016 - 13:45 By Tony Quested

Cambridge technology fortifies coastline security

Blighter c400 series coastal security radar

Cambridge UK surveillance technology business Blighter has launched a new coastal security radar to detect unwanted intruders such as smugglers, pirates, illegals and terrorists approaching a coastline by boat.

The Blighter C400 is designed specifically for the detection of small, slow moving and uncooperative targets often undetectable by traditional coastal surveillance systems and maritime radars.

For example, the radar can detect a small wooden boat, panga or dory with a radar cross-section (RCS) of 1m² at a range of up to 11km (6.8 miles). It does this day and night, in heavy rain, dense fog or even rough seas.

The radar is said to be packed with bleeding edge technology; it has a built-in static target detector, sea clutter filter with low false alarm rate and a ‘shadow boost’ feature that gives the radar an extremely short minimum detection range (10 metres) to enable boats to be detected as they land, even when close to the radar.

Blighter radars are already operational on water borders in Europe and Asia and to protect sea-facing royal palaces. The new C400 series has been demonstrated in numerous ports, harbours and coastlines around the world and has proven to be highly effective against small and uncooperative targets.

Mark Radford, CEO, Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “The principal challenge for coastal security system integrators is detecting unwanted intruders using small and slow moving boats during poor environmental conditions.

“That’s because smugglers, terrorists, pirates and illegals exploit the weather conditions to evade detection knowing that sensors are often compromised during heavy rains and at high sea states.

“However, we have designed the Blighter C400 coastal security radar to work in these conditions by developing techniques and algorithms for differentiating boats from waves and detecting very slow and static objects on the water surface, even in cluttered environments. Hence, we can detect a kayak, canoe, jet-ski, RIB or other small boat alongside larger ships even in a busy harbour or port.”

Blighter radar solutions are used at Heathrow and other international airports, by the British Army for force protection and in numerous asset protection and border security applications, including monitoring the Korean Demilitarised Zone, a buffer zone which runs 250 km across the Korean peninsula and separates North and South Korea.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Blighter c400 series coastal security radar with m10s antennas

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