Cambridge based radar technology company Aveillant will be using this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) to demonstrate the ability of their unique Holographic Radar technology to track high-speed manoeuvring jets in three dimensions.

Aveillant’s Gamekeeper radar, designed primarily to detect and track small unmanned air vehicles (drones) will be put through its paces against another kind of difficult target – fast military aircraft performing aerobatics.

Aveillant’s software-led approach to radar allows users to switch from tracking drones to tracking fast jets using the same platform. Other technologies would require separate dedicated systems whereas Aveillant can address different surveillance requirements by simply updating the software. It is a uniquely flexible technology.

Commenting on the deployment, Aveillant CEO David Crisp said “At Aveillant we have great experience of tracking civil aircraft in difficult conditions such as above wind farms using our line of infill radars, and with Gamekeeper we have solved the issue of very small targets. Here we will be able to show the versatility of Holographic Radar technology against yet another set of difficult targets. The unique value of our technology is this multi-functionality. All these applications use the same hardware – by tweaking the configuration and software, you should be able to track almost anything.”

Adding to this, Andy Armstrong, CEO of the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, organisers of RIAT, said “We’re delighted to give Aveillant the opportunity to demonstrate their system at the show. Our displays are amongst the very best in the world and it will be fascinating to see them tracked in three dimensions. It’s an exciting capability and one that we are also keen to evaluate.”

The Aveillant Gamekeeper radar is currently being installed in Monaco for use in drone detection, and in initial test flights in May it successfully detected and tracked drones of around 45 cm in size out to ranges of close to 5 km. Use of drones in commercial applications is growing fast, and the market for drone detection systems is forecast to grow to a value of over USD 11Bn by 2020.

Aveillant Ltd is a leading radar technology company based in Cambridge, UK, specialising in applications of its unique Holographic Radar platform. Key markets are in security, aviation and defence.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military airshow and is staged annually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Among the highlights of RIAT 2016 will be the international display debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35B. The airshow is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust.

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Ben Tilley


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