Blighter to Provide Counter-UAV Radar Technology to Liteye Systems for a US DoD Contract

Blighter Surveillance Systems, as part of a contract with the US Department of Defense, will be supplying its counter-UAV radar technology to Liteye Systems. Liteye is contracted to deliver numerous containerised anti-unmanned aircraft systems (known as C-AUDS) to the US Department of Defense by the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

Blighter is supplying its A400 series air security/drone detection radars to Liteye for the contract. The A400 radars are modular non-rotating, electronic-scanning (e-scan) systems using power efficient PESA (passive electronically scanned array) and FMCW (frequency modulated continuous wave) technologies to provide reliable, small and slow drone detection even in complex environments.

The Blighter Ku-band micro Doppler A400 series radars can detect micro-drones and larger unmanned systems at speeds from full flight down to hover-drift. The solid-state all-weather radars also feature digital drone detection (D³) technology and this enables them to extract the tiny reflections from modern plastic bodied drones even when they are flying close to the ground or near buildings.

Liteye's C-AUDS system, featuring the Blighter A400, can detect, track, identify and defeat a Group 1 drone in approximately 10 seconds at a range of up to 3.5 km and has proved to be highly effective against drones, including swarm attacks. AUDS has successfully defeated more than 1,000 real world drone sorties and been tested against more than 60 types of drone including Nano drones, fixed wing and quadcopters - even drones without communications.

Liteye's C-AUDS system features the US version of AUDS and a state-of-the-art operator suite, hardened for use in any climate. The platform can easily be moved between locations and remotely operated. Its innovative design allows for the ability to "bolt on" new technologies in the future as threats evolve in the field.

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