Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and sensor solution provider, has been selected to supply its Blighter B400 Series e-scan radars to secure the perimeter of a strategic air base in the Middle East. The contract was awarded to Blighter by SDM’s 2014 Integrator of the Year, Unlimited Technology Inc., a security market systems integrator based in Chester Springs, Pa.

The Blighter passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radars will form part of an integrated perimeter security system at the Middle Eastern air base and will include a long-range illuminated camera system for day and night operation. Blighter will also supply its BlighterTrack multi hypothesis software-based radar target tracker and its BlighterView HMI 2 control system to display the radars and to cue the camera systems. This configuration is known as Blighter Guardian. A Sensor Node from Unlimited Technology will integrate the complete sensor suite and control electronics into a comprehensive plug-and-play package for ease of installation by the local integrator.

“We needed a field-proven robust and reliable e-scan radar system for a strategic airbase security solution in the Middle East,” said Brent Franklin, president, Unlimited Technology, Inc. “It was vital that the solution was maintenance free and offered 24-hour all-weather capability, low false alarm rates and had the range to look beyond the perimeter to provide the early target detection that our customer required. Blighter was able to meet our needs in full and demonstrate similar successful deployments.”

Blighter Guardian is designed for securing airbase perimeters and forward operation bases (FOBs) and provides a 24/7 all-weather persistent surveillance capability in the toughest of conditions. Blighter Guardian detects small and slow moving targets —even in cluttered environments — due to the radar's coactive frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) Doppler fast-scan processing. The radar can detect a walking person at 11km (6.8 miles) or a large moving vehicle at 25km (15.5 miles) and then cue the camera system to follow and identify targets.