LONDON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Global security and technology companies Northrop Grumman Corporation and Terma Group have signed a collaboration agreement with one another to pursue new naval market interests.
The agreement establishes a partnership between Terma and Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine division, which specializes in smart navigation and ship control systems. The first order of business for the collaboration will be the integration of Sperry Marine's VisionMaster FT radar with Terma's SCANTER 6002 surveillance radar.
Jan Hansen, director of global business development for Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, greeted the partnership with enthusiasm.
"The partnership will bring significant value to the customer, specifically by incorporating near, low level air and surface surveillance capability to our navigation suite," Hansen said, "we expect our collaborative working relationship with Terma, with its 60 years of experience in the radar business, to bring mutually beneficial opportunities to both of our companies as well as exciting new capabilities to the end user."
Terma's Surface Search and Short Range Air Surveillance Radar (SCANTER) systems are designed for small target detection to assist authorities with monitoring illegal activities. The system has been used to track drug trafficking, illegal immigration, piracy, and terrorism. Terma says their system sets itself apart from commercial radars by its capacity for noise and interference rejection, signal processing, electronic interfacing, signal distribution, and environmental toughness.
SCANTER is used on board naval vessels to assist with backing up primary surveillance systems, assisting in tactical task functions, helicopter landing control, and a variety of other functions.