Thales buys Aveillant

29 November 2017
Thales has acquired holographic radar specialist Aveillant, which provides its Gamekeeper radar for detection of unmanned aircraft and urban airspace surveillance (pictured is an installation in Monaco). Source: Aveillant

Thales announced on 28 November that it has completed the acquisition of UK-based Aveillant for an undisclosed sum.

Aveillant is known for its holographic radar technology. The modular Theia range uses a stationary planar array. Unlike conventional rotating airport radar, its transmitter illuminates the field of view all the time. The 3D video updates four times every second and is designed to differentiate between returns produced, for example, by wind turbines and those of aircraft. Operating in L-band at 1 MHz, it is bandwidth-efficient compared with some high-resolution S-band radars using 20-30 MHz bandwidth. The technology was originally developed by Cambridge Consultants to track military shells used in target practice.

Its Gamekeeper software-defined radar uses 3D holographic radar technology to provide detection of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other targets with a radar cross-section as small as 0.01 m 2 , at ranges of up to 5 km.

Aveillant CEO David Crisp said the deal with Thales would give the UK company “the resources and backing that is needed to accelerate its growth potential”.

In the past 18 months, Gamekeeper has been chosen for counter-UAV surveillance and detection in urban environments or around airports. In April 2016, Monaco selected the UAV Watch and Catch System which includes Gamekeeper radar to provide an anti-unmanned air vehicle system. Other partners include JCPX, DSNA Services, Skysoft, and ENAC.

In February, ST Electronics selected the Gamekeeper counter-UAS radar solution for use in Singapore; and in March, DSNA selected Gamekeeper as part of a counter-UAV surveillance solution for airports. This is part of the Hologarde programme, which also involves DSNA Services and Groupe ADP, operator of Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget, and Orly airports serving Paris.

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