DSEI 2017: Blighter adapts B400 for aviation security budgets

13 September 2017
Blighter Surveillance Systems indentifies airports as prospective customers for the low-cost version of its Blighter B400 ground surveillance radar. Source: Blighter Surveillance Systems

Blighter Surveillance Systems has identified airports as a major potential market for the recently launched low-cost version of its Blighter B400 radar.

The entry-level version of the Blighter B400 Series Doppler ground surveillance radar was launched on 5 September. Speaking to Jane’s at the DSEI exhibition in London, Blighter CEO Mark Radford said the new product offers the same capability for detecting large, medium, and small targets, including people or vehicles, but at a reduced range when compared with the standard Blighter system.

The low-cost B400 radar would be offered to customers such as airports, where longer-range radars may not be required for perimeter or surface surveillance. The system could have potential for smaller airports where budgets could be somewhat restricted, he explained.

“What they’re focused on is best value for money,” said Radford, “and so we’ve made a number of adaptations to the original radar … We recognise we’re in a price-sensitive market, and so this is a move to address those customer concerns.”

Modifications include a move to a “very simple, low-cost antenna structure”, he said, as well as a number of other changes, such as simplification of the signal processing.

When launching the product, Blighter said it offered “all the benefits of a solid-state e-scan Doppler radar”, including the ability to detect a person at 4 km, day/night operation in all weather and light conditions, low installation costs, and low manning levels, “at a lower price per km² than any other ground radar”.

According to Blighter, the solid-state Blighter passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar detects small and slow-moving targets, including in cluttered environments, because of its frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) Doppler fast-scan processing.

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