News of a suspected terrorist stronghold, in nearby mountainous terrain, has been reported to soldiers by local civilians.
Unrest and tension has been building in the region and concern begins to grow.
The harsh, rugged terrain places a huge safety risk to soldier’s lives if ground forces were to investigate the area on foot. The opportunity for covert surveillance would also be blown should their presence be discovered.
Fortunately, deployed forces have access to Thales’s airborne surveillance radar I-Master.
Deployed forces use I-Master to reveal signs of activity across the wide, varying terrain and compile a general picture of the ‘pattern of life’ in the area. They confirm unusual and suspicious activities are taking place - such as walking-pace foot patrols and the arrival and departure of vehicles.
I-Master is also sensitive enough to detect footprints left on the ground.
The radar has the ability to carry out covert surveillance at long stand-off ranges, which improves platform survivability and reduces the risk of combat.
Intelligence is also gathered on the activities of the organisation, to determine whether they represent a threat to wider international security.
Deployed forces feed all this intelligence to the command, which provides them with enhanced situational awareness and enables them to put countermeasures in place should the situation evolve.
Mike Green, Product Marketing Manager for I-Master, said: “I-Master’s light 30 Kg weight and small form factor means that it can be easily mounted to any manned, or unmanned aircraft, which means that it is ideal for covert surveillance."
It provides high fidelity imagery for feature classification and positioning, with the ability to accurately detect and locate moving targets at long stand-off ranges over land and sea. The sophisticated technology can detect not only individuals moving about on the ground, but even the footprints they leave in the sand.