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 MARSS Group launches an evolution of its NiDAR

In July, MARSS Group announced that it had launched an evolution of its existing NiDAR, an innovative tactical command and control system to link multiple small and medium sized mobile platforms creating a shared situational awareness picture between assets. It can be installed or retrofitted onto virtually any platform irrespective of size.

A fully integrated command and control system, NiDAR includes multiple sensors, such as cameras, radar, sonar, communications and blue force tracker inputs, that enable the operator to detect and monitor unknown and known air, surface and underwater objects.

Rob Balloch, Vice President of Sales for MARSS, said: “The reason we are so excited about this development of NiDAR is that it is the first lightweight command and control system that allows you to integrate all surveillance assets into one tactical picture.”

NiDAR can be fitted to any fleet of light vehicles, vessels or UAVs, including fast patrol boats, light tactical ground vehicles, light aircraft and autonomous vehicles, immediately transforming them into a fully networked mobile tactical surveillance system. As such, it offers a common surveillance picture that can be accessed and controlled from any one designated platform or via a command centre.

Whether that’s sonar on a patrol boat, the radar on a light patrol vehicle or the electro-optics on a drone, they can all be controlled and coordinated from one designated asset and the information instantaneously shared across all other platforms,” continues Balloch. “It is what the military call a force multiplier, giving small platforms big platform capability.” 

NiDAR is platform agnostic providing a flexible and cost effective tactical upgrade with integration to a wide range of sensors and communication solutions. NiDAR can also be integrated into existing systems with no limit to the number of platforms and sensors that can be added to the network.

Along with NiDAR, MARSS can supply all the sensors necessary to turn any existing fleet of light patrol vehicles, vessels and other assets into a fully networked mobile tactical surveillance system.

MARSS have recently completed the sale and installation of a networked NiDAR system for an unspecified fleet of small special forces patrol craft.


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