Blighter Surveillance Systems has been awarded a contract to supply its multi-mode A800 3D e-scan radars to Raytheon UK as part of a laser weapon project with UK MoD.
“The Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) system project will deliver a demonstrator system to showcase the capability of the Raytheon Technologies-manufactured laser in neutralising small Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), using two A800 radars for initial target detection and direction of the laser’s targeting system,” according to a company press release. The laser weapon system will be mounted to a vehicle, with the ground-based A800 providing detection and designation nearby.
“Blighter will be assisting with the design phase of the laser weapon system and developing a concept of operation and support during the trials, which will take place at a UK MoD test range.
Blighter’s A800 3D radar offers a ground-based solution to threat detection, utilising 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. The A800’s multi-mode capability allows it to detect targets in the air, on land, and at sea, within the operating region of the LDEW laser weapon, using state-of-the-art clutter filters to simplify the LDEW test regime, says the company.
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