At DSEI 2017 Kelvin Hughes demonstrated the next evolution of its drone detection and tracking technology. The SMS-D (‘D’ meaning drone) is a dedicated drone detection and tracking system now featuring a thermal camera and video tracker that acquires the drone target using the initial radar detection information.
The benefit of this is once the thermal camera and video tracker has acquired the target it will enable a visual identification and track. Further benefit comes from the combination of the camera mounted on a pan and tilt system that provides a means to precisely calculate the altitude of the UAV. The SMS-D therefore is able to operate as a 2D sensor system providing 3D target information whereby the radar provides the range and bearing. This data can be outputted to a third party counter measure system.
The SMS-D detects out to 2.2Km when in high power mode and can be deployed on a mast, on a vehicle or on a perimeter.
Jonathan Field, Director of Security Sensors and Systems at Kelvin Hughes said:
“Combining an electro optic sensor and a powerful video tracking processor with a highly sensitive radar sensor such as SharpEye™, which is renowned for its ability to detect small Radar Cross Section (RCS) targets in cluttered environments, brings to the market a Single Mast Solution that is easily deployed and costs a fraction of the military grade detection and counter drone systems currently available.”