New Generation Drone Detection Radar: FAR-AD

Drone operations are very common nowadays. Friendly parties like armed forces use drones for their daily operations while adversaries also use drones for the same operations, such as surveillance, battlespace management, propaganda, and aerial attacks. That’s why armed forces need to take precautions by means of counter-drone technologies.

The first step of acquiring a counter-drone technology is the development of a sensor system that can detect, identify, locate, and track the converging drone. Relying on visual observation to detect drones is very ineffective; at a distance of several hundred feet, drones become invisible to the naked eye. RF and radar are the most common detection elements in all counter-drone systems.

RF systems are not always effective as they cannot detect physical movements of drones but they are just capable to sense RF signals. On the other hand, radars can detect all types of drones, even non-communicating Mini/Micro UAV threats such as GPS driven drones. In that respect, radars became significantly critical for anti-drone systems as their essential sensor unit.

Retinar FAR-AD is a perimeter surveillance radar that is especially developed to detect Mini/Micro UAV threats. It is a new generation radar system with advanced drone detection, classification and tracking technologies.

Retinar FAR-AD has 40⁰ elevation beam-width which provide a very wide field of air coverage. System can also provide high detection capability without losing from range performance of the radar thanks to its innovative technologies. One of the most important feature is accuracy to detect exact location of drones and Retinar FAR-AD provides with high resolution for both azimuth and elevation accuracy. Moreover, it has special tracking algorithms that are developed for all kinds of low/high speed Mini/Micro UAV threats and adjustable scanning rates for various moving speeds of drones.

As Retinar FAR-AD is in compliance with MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461, it performs perfectly at harsh environments and at all weather conditions.

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