New radar for border surveillance tested

Sept. 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A new multi-mode radar that enhances border surveillance capability has been successfully tested by the U.S. government.

The system -- the Lynx Multi-mode Radar -- integrates Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator and Dismount Moving Target Indicator radar and is made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection conducted the tests along the U.S.-Canadian border using a Predator B RPA unmanned aerial vehicle.

"Utilizing the Moving Target Indicator mode for detecting people walking, or slow-moving vehicles, from an RPA is a cutting-edge capability," said Linden Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, GA-ASI. "The real paradigm shift is DMTI, which allows agents to detect extremely slow-movers, ranging from walkers or people on bicycles."

The Lynx Multi-mode Radar is a two-channel variant of the existing single-channel Lynx Block 20 Radar currently used by CBP. It uses a Space Time Adaptive Processor and other technologies that allow a target to be imaged using a matrix array.

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