Thales tests coastal radar

July 20, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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PATUXENT RIVER, Md., July 20 (UPI) -- Testing of the Coast Watcher 10 radar system by Thales's naval business was successfully tested at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.

The Thales Coast Watcher 10 was tested for the Naval Air Systems Command SURETRAK program office using U.S. Navy calibrated targets.

The tests demonstrated Coast Watcher 10's ability to detect and track very small targets -- 1 square meter radar cross section and 1 to 2 meters above sea level -- up to the radar horizon in both rough and calm sea states.

Thales said the system's patented adaptive processing also performed successfully and reliably on multiple occasions despite conditions of sea clutter and poor weather.

"Thales is proud to have had the opportunity to demonstrate the reliability and detection capabilities of Coast Watcher 10 for NAVAIR," said Allan Cameron, president and chief executive of Thales USA.

"We remain fully committed to demonstrating the value of Thales's coastal surveillance solutions to the U.S. Navy as future opportunities emerge."

Built to address emerging local and geopolitical threats like theft, smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism, Thales's Coast Watcher 10 is designed to provide a customized level of surveillance and security.

Coast Watcher 10 combines commercial, off-the-shelf radar components with Thales's radar processor that is specifically designed for detecting and tracking small, low-radar cross section targets.

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