Terma’s SCANTER 6002 augmented with new Drone Detection Capability

10 October 2010 – The advanced SCANTER 6002 for naval surveillance has been given a midlife update with implementation of the newest technology – including highly demanded drone detection. Combining the already excellent detection capabilities with advanced artificial intelligence classification, the SCANTER 6002 radar is now able to detect, track and classify small remote controlled or autonomous drones.

The development within drone technology has leaped significantly over the past years, making advanced easy-to-fly drones accessible to almost everybody. The drones are typically equipped with high resolution cameras, long-range wireless communication, and capability to fly autonomous also outside visible line of sight. Today, drones pose an increased risk to even the most capable naval ships.

“Small, easy-to-fly drones are without doubt here to stay and will only get more and more advanced with extended capabilities becoming a direct threat to naval security. This includes compromising missions such as surveillance, counterintelligence, and carrying explosives” says Per M. Sørensen, Senior Sales Director Naval Sales at Terma and continues: “Up until now it has been difficult to separate the drones from other small targets – e.g., birds. To separate the drones and other targets of interest, the radar has been updated with advanced artificial intelligence classification. The AI classifier is able to classify even the smallest drones at impressive distances, hereby assisting the operators to classify targets of interest”.

The preferred naval radar across continents

The SCANTER 6002 radar is the preferred radar for naval vessels globally for surface and air surveillance of own and hostile assets. With the newly added developments the SCANTER 6002 radar provides even more value and situational awareness, still providing all the well-known capabilities including IMO navigation, helicopter control, SAR operations, surface and lower airspace surveillance. The new solution is suitable for all types of naval, coast guards and high value commercial vessels.

With the SCANTER 6002 radar’s low peak power the operation and detection are optimal in open sea and coastal areas. The superior technical performance of the SCANTER 6002 radar with its unique frequency diversity, high sensitivity, and small cell size, provides the capability to detect even very small targets in harsh weather conditions. This makes it the perfect choice to detect small drones. The optimized ET2 tracker tracks all target types including drones, simultaneous with other air and surface targets, leaving no targets to be undiscovered.

Terma will present the updated SCANTER 6002 on this year’s Euronaval exhibition from 18-21 October in Paris Le Bourget. Come meet us and learn more at booth B57.

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