Ainstein, a provider of radar sensing solutions, announced two new products in its Ultra Long Range UAV radar series, the Ultra Long Range Airborne (ULAB-D1) and Ultra Long Range Ground-Based (ULGB-D1) radars, capable of precise detection more than 1,000 meters away, according to the company. As drone adoption increases, the company’s UAV radar systems address the need for highly precise and cost-effective tools to minimize disaster risks and keep assets and classified information safe for high-security facilities, such as government buildings and airports, or critical infrastructure, such as water treatment facilities and mass transit systems.

Now available for customized integration with aerial vehicle manufacturers, the ULAB-D1 is made for air-to-air manned and UAVs beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation. The ULGB-D1 is optimized for ground-to-air drone detection and monitoring, and can be integrated and deployed by perimeter security solutions and service providers. Both feature Digital Beam Forming for elevation measurement and real-time processing for 3D detection, with speed measurement for more than 100 targets. For ground-based drone detection radar, the ULGB-D1 operates in two modes: a rotating stand enabling 360-degree coverage for intrusion detection, threats and anomalous activity, and a portable radar patch to cover critical areas at events such as concerts or sporting events.  

According to the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, the threat of drone technologies “is outpacing our ability to respond.” The global commercial UAV market will exceed $17 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights, creating adjacent industries related to drone safety. The sensor and detection market is expected to make up more than 11 percent of the UAV payload market. Recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA as the primary sensor for use in multilayered counter-UAS solutions, radar has been used to protect critical infrastructure, borders, correctional facilities, stadiums, concerts, government buildings, public spaces and many other permanent or temporary sites against intrusions, Ainstein said in a press release.

“Customizable long-range radar systems are essential to keeping critical infrastructure safe from skyborne threats, which can range from UAVs conducting surveillance of a site to actual attacks on the site,” said Andrew Boushie, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Ainstein. “Whether accidental or malicious, unauthorized UAVs in proximity to critical infrastructure could have devastating impacts. Ultra long range detection means quicker, more effective responses to threats, as well as enabling safer operations for tasks such as infrastructure inspection, package delivery, disaster response and analytics initiatives. It is a critical component to receiving FAA authorization for such use cases.”

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