Blighter Surveillance Systems has been awarded a contract to supply its multi-mode A800 3D e-scan radars to Raytheon UK. This is part of a laser weapon project with UK Ministry of Defense.

The Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) system project will deliver a demonstrator system that will showcase the capability of Raytheon’s Technologies-manufactured laser. The primary capability will be neutralizing small uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs). It will utilize two A800 radars for initial target detection and direction of the laser’s targeting system. This laser weapon will mount to a vehicle, while ground-based A800 will provide detection and designation nearby.

Blighter will assist with the design phase of the laser weapon system and develop a concept of operation and support during trials. These will take place at a UK MoD test range. Blighter was selected for the contract not just because of the detection capabilities of its radar but also because the A800 is created with integration in focus, enabling it to operate smoothly and efficiently with current Command and Control (C2) systems.

A3800 Radar Capabilities

Blighter’s A800 3D radar presents an inventive ground-based approach to identify potential dangers. It incorporates a multi-mode surveillance capacity that is typically found only in larger radar systems, and delivers it in a more compact and adaptable radar with a range of up to 20km. With its multi-mode capability, the A800 can detect targets in the air, on land, and at sea within the LDEW laser weapon’s operational area, using advanced clutter filters to streamline the LDEW testing process.

The A800 multi-mode drone detection radar is suited to detect UAVs and is capable of being mounted to vehicles, towers, and masts. It will be supplied in an ITAR-free off-the-shelf configuration.

“We are excited to be working with Raytheon UK on this project,” says James Long, CEO of Blighter. “…which will demonstrate how our cutting-edge A800 e-scanning radar can operate in synchronicity with next-generation laser weapon technology to provide the edge on the battlefield. We are proud to provide our expertise in threat detection and integration for such an important step in Counter-UAV operations.”

Post Image: Blighter Surveillance Systems A3800 AD Radar (Photo Credit: Blighter)

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