Airborne SIGINT for Maritime Situational Awareness
The Farnborough Airshow, 18-22 July, is coming at a particularly good time for Horizon Technologies, according to CEO John Beckner. “We have numerous new fixed- and rotary-wing customers for our legacy FlyingFish and new BlackFish airborne SIGINT systems. BlackFish is the smallest, most capable, non-ITAR airborne satphone SIGINT product on the market. It simultaneously monitors the Thuraya, ISAT, and Iridium networks, providing an essential, proven, tool for ISR platforms. Together with our launch partner, Virgin Orbit, we are also pleased to announce the launch of our first Amber CubeSat as part of Virgin Orbit’s historical first UK space launch in September from Cornwall,” he commented.
Amber is a public/private partnership with the British government, which will provide maritime SIGINT data to UK and international customers. “Due to generous UK government and
investor funding, the basis of the Amber constellation will be in operation by late next year or early 2024. It is unlikely that anyone else in this arena will be able to offer the same type of demodulated high-fidelity commercial maritime intelligence data Horizon Technologies offers,” Beckner added.