AUDS is a smart-sensor and effector package capable of remotely detecting small UAVs and then tracking and classifying them before providing the option to disrupt their activity. The system may be used in remote or urban areas to prevent UAVs being used for terrorist attacks, espionage or other malicious activities against sites with critical infrastructure. The AUDS Team brings together three UK companies, each with the unique capabilities required to create an effective counter UAV system. Blighter's A400 series air security radars are able to detect small UAVs in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day flying in urban areas or near to the horizon. The Chess Dynamics Hawkeye Deployable System (DS) and EO Video Tracker, featuring both a long range colour camera and a high sensitivity Thermal Imager (TI), along with state-of-the-art video tracking technology, is able to track the UAV and, combined with radar target information, classify the target. The operator is then able to make a timely and informed decision to use the Enterprise Control Systems ('ECS'), smart RF inhibitor to selectively interfere with the C2 channels on the UAV allowing the system to disrupt the UAV's mission. The smart RF inhibitor uses directional antennas to achieve maximum range of operation with minimum collateral effect.
In April 2022 the company announced the launch of the A422 Deployable Radar System. The A422 is a ground-based military radar for drone detection and wide area perimeter surveillance, and the new configuration allows it to be deployed rapidly in remote and inaccessible areas. The supplied kit allows the A422 to be deployed on a modular mast designed for compact storage and simple assembly and adaptability, and it capitalises on the A422’s low power requirements to allow mains or battery power options. The system includes a remotely deployed ruggedised laptop with an easy-to-use interface which clearly displays targets and permits the user to chart geographic alert zones for the purpose of unattended monitoring of targets.
The A422 is a medium-range air security military radar capable of detecting and reporting airborne as well as ground and coastline targets at up to 20 km, with unsurpassed clutter suppression for near horizon, urban and shoreline operation. The A422 offers moving target detection and machine learning (ML) classification to aid long range vision for 180°, ideally suited to the detection of low-slow-small (LSS) targets.
The company launched its A800 3D multi-mode drone detection radar at DSEI 2021; the radar uses multi-mode surveillance capability usually reserved only for large-scale radar systems and packaging it into a smaller, more flexible radar with a maximum range of 20km. According to the company:
“The A800 3D multi-mode radar is ideally suited to border and perimeter surveillance, capable of being mounted to fixed towers and masts, as well as to land vehicles and mobile surveillance trailers. This will be the first time that the A800 will be available to view in person. The radar’s main function is to detect and locate consumer ‘hobby’ drones in 3D space. The radar’s optimised air security mode provides a unique ability to search for low-slow-small (LSS) threats caused by the misuse of small drones including the commonly used ‘DJI Phantom’ style quadcopters. An Artificial Intelligence based micro-doppler target filtering feature helps to reduce false alarms and improve the detection of multicopter and winged drones.”
In March 2019 Blighter partnered with Genetec™, a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence, to integrate its range of Blighter ground surveillance radars with Genetec™ Security Center, the company’s unified IP security platform.
In June 2020 Blighter signed a partnering agreement with Australian systems integration company AMS Defence to supply ground-based radar solutions for critical infrastructure protection and complex airborne threats such as drones and unmanned aircraft systems. The partnership will explore a number of opportunities in the fields of force protection, perimeter security and critical Infrastructure protection. As part of the agreement, Blighter will include the Blighter A400 series air security/drone detection radars, Blighter B400 series radars and the coastal security specialised C400 series radars. Additionally, to support ground forces, Blighter and AMS Defence will be providing the Blighter B202 MK 2 man-portable radar system for rapid, mobile deployment and the Blighter Orbiter radar system for vehicle mounted solutions, including drone detection.