Unique Simultaneous Ground Surveillance and Early UAS Detection
Thales has just unveiled a new multi-mission radar for simultaneous surveillance of ground and air targets at low altitude, especially effective at detecting UAS, including micro-UAS.
The Ground Observer 20 Multi-Mission (GO20 MM) is an AESA 3D X-band rotating antenna radar with a 15km instrumented range and the ability to detect a micro-UAS at about 5km. The radar makes it possible to detect and track the smallest flying objects before they can become a threat.
In terms of functionality, the GO20 MM has a single mode that allows it to automatically detect, track and classify the full spectrum of threats – UAS and helicopters operating at low altitude, ground vehicles and even personnel. Using automatic target classification software, the radar ensures early detection, thereby providing more time to respond.
High mobility and rapid deployment are presented as key features as well. The entire system weighs around 67kg and can be divided into two separate loads, or mounted on trucks or helicopters. The radar can be set up in as little as five minutes by two operators. Monitoring requires a single specialist, whose work is facilitated by the VENUS interface for presenting information in an actionable fashion, thus boosting responsiveness
A six-battery energy pack means the system can remain operational for up to five hours without relying on any external power source. This makes it ideal for the defence of forces in-theatre, or for convot escort – as well as making it acoustically very quiet. Other scenarios envisaged by the company include the defence of critical infrastructure or cities and the security of large public events.
GO20 MM is already fully qualified and industrialised in Germany and is immediately available. According to Thales, its development stems from the interest expressed by several customers in such a system, and some negotiations with potential customers are already underway.
Marco Giulio Barone in Paris for MON