Bringing new dimensions of protection
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) seem to be everywhere these days… We read about them in the news, we see them flying in our skies, and we may even have one ourselves or know someone who does. The situation is no different for our armed forces in their operational environment: over the past few years, UAVs have become ubiquitous to the battlefield.
Yet the stakes for our armed forces are, as you can expect, much higher! For us, these unmanned systems are either a hobby or a ‘mere’ nuisance, a worry in passing about our privacy. For our soldiers in the battlefield, they are a serious security concern.
While we are mostly used to seeing small ones, our soldiers have to face these systems in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Ranging from very small to medium and large, potentially armed and/or featuring surveillance capabilities, these systems may be slow or very fast, and deployed alone or in swarms - that is, multiple UAVs flying at once in coordinated patterns. This adds significantly to confusion in the battlefield, potentially saturating or blind-siding armed forces defences.
That is why for us, at Thales, it was crucial to develop the Ground Observer 20 Multi-Mission (GO20MM), a radar that can protect our forces anytime, anywhere, be it in their camps, on the battlefield or as a column on the march.
What is particularly great about the GO20MM is that it provides our forces with a new dimension of situational awareness. Before, radar operators had to switch modes depending on whether they wanted to detect ground – insurgents by foot or armed vehicles – or air – UAVs in the low-level airspace or helicopters in the upper-level airspace – targets. With the GO20MM they will now be able to enjoy permanent 3 Dimensional (3D) 360° coverage in a single mode. And because it is fitted with detection, classification and tracking capabilities, as well as a simple interface for the radar operator, armed forces will be quickly notified of incoming threats winning decisive seconds for decision-making.