Milipol 2013: Cassidian Introduces a new, Lightweight Ground Surveillance Radar

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Cassidian is launching a new member of its Spexer family of ground surveillance radar at the Milipol security expo in Paris this week. According to the company, Spexer 500, a new electronically scanning radar, is designed to offer surveillance and protection of sensitive industrial or military installations such as oil fields, power plants, airports or military camps. Due to its low weight and low power consumption, the Spexer 500 can be deployed in mobile applications on a tripod or vehicles to monitor specific and critical spots.

With an instrumented range of 0.1 to 9 km and an extremely high update rate of less than 1.5 seconds for a sector of 120°, it is able to reliably detect suspicious movements on the ground and in the air at a very early stage. This is in particular true for very small and slowly moving targets due to the high Doppler resolution of the radar. “Our new radar uses the latest digital beam-forming (DBF) technology, which enables the early detection even of single pedestrians in all weather conditions,” explained Elmar Compans, Head of Cassidian’s Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit. “Spexer 500 gives police or security forces additional reaction time in order to deal with illegal intruders.”

In combination with a low false alarm rate and flexible surveillance modes enabling a sector blanking or the definition of priority sectors, this ensures a superior surveillance performance and a high level of situational awareness.

The radar is part of Cassidian’s “Spexer” security radar family which consists of several sensors, each optimized for specific applications in the fields of border, infrastructure, perimeter and coastal surveillance. A specific version for border surveillance, Spexer 2000, is under production. A military version has been developed for the German Army.

Cassidian's Spexer 500, a new electronically scanning radar, is designed to offer surveillance and protection of sensitive industrial or military installations. It can be deployed in mobile applications on a tripod or vehicles to monitor specific and critical spots. Photo: Cassidian
Cassidian’s Spexer 500, a new electronically scanning radar, is designed to offer surveillance and protection of sensitive industrial or military installations. It can be deployed in mobile applications on a tripod or vehicles to monitor specific and critical spots. Photo: Cassidian