National Border Security
Almost all nations have concerns about people entering their country either to live/work there or smuggle in illegal goods. At official border crossings, substantial fences and formal security controls provide adequate protection, however in remote areas, the cost of providing and maintaining effective physical barriers is excessive. The Blighter radar can be used as the primary detection sensor for long-range remote surveillance platform where the Blighter radar’s ability to detect slow moving targets, even in complex mountainous terrain, makes it the ideal solution for the remote surveillance and detection of vehicles, people and even crawlers trying to cross borders illegally.
The Blighter ground surveillance radar (GSR) uses patented, state-of-the-art electronic-scanning (e-scan), FMCW and Doppler signal processing technology to provide a robust, ultra-reliable, zero-maintenance remote sensor that will detect intruders in all weather conditions and in most environments. The Blighter radar is ideally suited to remote detection over large open-areas of land including rocky mountainous terrain. The B400 series radars can surveil an area of over 3,000 km² in seconds.
Detection of Illegal Immigrants and Smugglers of Contraband Goods
The Blighter radar can be used as the primary detection sensor for long-range remote surveillance platforms. Where persistent surveillance of the border is required then integrated fixed tower structures can be used to mount the Blighter radar and other sensors to provide optimal long-range surveillance.
In remote areas, it is common for intruders to follow natural routes across the land; valleys, mountain paths, desert animal tracks etc. In these instances, mobile or portable surveillance systems can provide a cost effective way of monitoring key areas with limited resources. As the flow of intruders is reduced through successful interception by the surveillance system then it can be moved to the next hot-spot. The Blighter radar is sufficiently compact and robust to be fitted to vehicle based surveillance vehicles. Typically these use extendable masts to elevate the Blighter radar and electro-optic system for optimal visibility.
In extreme environments, where it is not possible to drive vehicles, then the Blighter radar system can be backpacked and carried to the surveillance area. The Blighter Explorer system is a man-portable, battery-powered integrated Blighter radar and electro-optic system. Such a system can operate for extended periods from battery and solar-power if required.
Prevention of Narco-terrorism
A key characteristic of narco-terrorism is the greater capability and resources of the smugglers and terrorists. With organised and frequent illegal border-crossings, the narco-terrorists learn about the quality and effectiveness of surveillance systems and discover how to avoid or defeat them.
The Blighter radar’s ability to detect crawler sized targets moving slowly allows it to detect intruders who are knowingly trying to defeat the sensor systems. The Blighter radar has a proven capability to detect a man belly-crawling or even rolling across an intensively monitored border zone.
High value payloads make flying an attractive option for narco-terrorists. The Blighter radar’s ability to detect small targets coupled with its wide elevation beamwidth means that Blighter can surveil both the land and low-air zone simultaneously. Using its Doppler processing technology it can filter out and remove the ground clutter signal from the land and still see targets as small as parachutists, microlights, ultralights and UAVs flying over the border, unlike traditional air surveillance radars.
Monitoring of Border Incursions
The Blighter radar uses its ‘Vortex Fast-Scan’ technology to electronically scan the border considerably faster than traditional GSRs. A suitably configured Blighter radar can scan 360° in one second with full Doppler processing. This provides rapid position updates to the operators. Also the Blighter radar uses its Doppler signal processing and an integrated plot extractor to detect movement the instant it occurs, unlike traditional radars which need multiple scans before outputting a target. Moving target plots are output within a fraction of a scan to minimise the latency between detecting and responding to the intruder. This ensures that electro-optic systems point at the intruders and update frequently to follow the movements of the intruder.