Blighter launches new ground surveillance radar for airports


UK-based company Blighter Surveillance Systems has unveiled a new entry-level version of its Blighter B400 series Doppler ground surveillance radar, which is designed to be deployed at airports and other critical infrastructure sites.

The new low-cost system is said to provide the same benefits as a solid-state e-scan Doppler radar, such as effective detection capability at 4km for day or night operations in a variety of weather conditions.

Other benefits include low manning levels, zero maintenance, and lower installation costs and false alarm rates.

The company has also optimised its BlighterView HMI 2 software for perimeter security, enabling control over multiple radar and cameras (automatic slew-to-cue), and for creation of alert and exclusion zones.

In addition, BlighterView has been upgraded to facilitate easy integration with standard video management systems (VMS) with ONVIF compliance.

A usual Blighter airport or critical infrastructure site configuration comprises the new Blighter B400 Series radar, BlighterView HMI software, and slew-to-cue pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) thermal imaging surveillance camera systems.

Blighter Surveillance Systems CEO Mark Radford said: “Our engineers have optimised the design of the new radar, the processing chain and the control software to better meet the needs of our critical infrastructure customers.

"Our engineers have optimised the design of the new radar, the processing chain and the control software to better meet the needs of our critical infrastructure customers."

“We have re-engineered the Blighter B400 radar to get to a price point that is attractive to this market and that will deliver improved detection at a lower cost compared with CCTV, thermal imaging systems and low cost, short range mechanically scanned radars.”

The solid-state Blighter passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar uses its coactive frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) Doppler fast-scan processing to detect small and slow-moving targets, also in congested environments.

The radars are currently deployed at several international airports in Europe, the US, South America and Africa.

A Blighter radar / camera surveillance system has already been installed as part of the perimeter security solution at Heathrow Airport in the UK.


Image: Blighter Surveillance Systems’ new lower-cost B400 series radar deployed at airport. Photo: courtesy of Blighter Surveillance Systems.