Numerica introduces Spyglass 3D radar to support multi-mission counter drone defence missions

Numerica’s new deployable 3D Spyglass radar, designed to counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) and short-range air defence missions, is ready for production, reports the US manufacturer. Numerica introduced Spyglass in 2021 as part of multi-mission/multi-domain defence solutions against drone threats being developed for the US Army.

Spyglass short-range surveillance radar is designed to detect and track small, autonomous, UAS beyond 3.5 kilometres with precise measurements to support a range of mitigation techniques. Designed to fill the need for C-UAS detection and tracking, Spyglass radar is available for a broad set of applications including facility security, border surveillance, convoy and vehicle protection, and air space monitoring.

“Spyglass radar was born out of our first-hand experience with gaps in the short-range radar market,” Nate Knight, vice president of air and missile defense at Numerica, said. “The rapidly-growing autonomous drone threat presented an opportunity to turn our attention to building a new radar from the ground up that would leverage our decades of experience solving critical air and missile defense problems and applying our proven radar processing and tracking technologies in new ways.”

According to Numerica, the Spyglass radar utilizes Ku-Band Phased Array technology to provide high-precision measurements, targeting and classification at long range. It features simultaneous transmit and receive capability and comes with embedded C2 and AI software.

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