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South African radar system gets upgrade

Dec. 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM

CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The South African air force's Airfield Approach Radar Systems are being upgraded and enhanced by software from Britain's Cambridge Pixel Ltd.

The U.K. company, a developer of primary radar, acquisition, processing and display solutions, said it is supplying its SPx radar plot extraction and SPx scan conversion software to South Africa's Tellumat Group for the systems integration work.

Using the SPx library modules, Tellumat has implemented a dual channel radar processing system that selects an area of interest from the incoming video and extracts plots of potential targets.

The system uses Cambridge Pixel's HPx-100 radar interface card to interface to the multiple videos, trigger and azimuth data of the air force's ATCR-33 radar.

The digitized video is processed by the SPx plot extraction and plot merging module.

Cambridge Pixel said the SPx scan converter module also supports the plan position indicator display of selected video inputs, which is then overlaid with graphics symbology.

"We have designed our SPx software library to provide a flexible set of software components to allow system integrators like Tellumat to build customized solutions for their customers," said Richard Warren, Cambridge Pixel's director of software.

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