Mobile surveillance radar, camera system mounts on vehicle; targets border security

Blighter Scout is designed to provide low-cost and lightweight mobile surveillance capability for situations where fixed towers are impracticable.

Blighter Surveillance Systems (UK), a provider of electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and wireless sensor platforms, has unveiled its Blighter Scout, a lightweight e-scan radar and camera surveillance system designed for rapid deployment in border security hot spots and other similar security applications. Featuring the proprietary Blighter Revolution 360 Passive Electronic Scanning Array (PESA) radar, low light camera, thermal imaging system and an integrated radar tracker, the Blighter Scout system is designed for mounting on a vehicle and trailer masts for rapid field deployment.

The Blighter Scout is designed to provide low-cost and lightweight mobile surveillance capability for situations where fixed towers are prohibitively expensive, impractical to build or simply ineffective due to the terrain or environment. Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, comments, "Blighter Scout enables security forces to deploy our surveillance platform to exactly where it's needed. For example, to monitor a hot spot on an extensive border or to follow intruder routes as they adapt to the seasons or in reaction to ground interdiction."

The Blighter Scout detects small and slow moving targets - even in cluttered environments - due to the radar's coactive Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) Doppler fast-scan processing. The radar can detect a walking person at 7.4 km (4.6 miles) or a large moving vehicle at 22 km (13.7 miles) and then cue the camera system to follow and identify targets. With its wide 20-degree continuous elevation beam coverage - which can be increased to 40-degrees via a simple built-in manual tilt control - Blighter Scout can operate in hilly or mountainous areas scanning hill tops and valleys in a single sweep.

Blighter Scout integrates with a range of electro-optic camera systems. The standard complementary system for Blighter Scout is Chess Dynamics' Hawkeye electro-optic platform featuring the Piranha MRTV or LRTV high sensitivity colour daylight TV cameras and a Piranha TV wide field of view context camera - with an option for cooled or uncooled thermal imagers. Further, the Blighter Scout radar and camera surveillance system are integrated and controlled through the BlighterView HMI 2 command and control (C2) software platform enabling auto-cueing with manual override. An optional video tracking application also allows the camera system to automatically follow an intruder once the radar has cued it to the target location.

"Blighter Scout can be supplied in a palletised form complete with a standard telescopic mast ready to slide onto the back of a standard 4x4 pickup truck or other surveillance vehicles/trailers," adds Radford. "The complete system requires only a single mast as the electro-optic platform is mounted on top with the radar rotating around the mast section directly below it."

Blighter Scout will be unveiled at Eurosatory in Paris, France on 16-20 June (Hall 5, Stand K511) and at DVD, Millbrook Proving Ground, Millbrook, UK on 25-26 June (Stand SP49). For information, visit, telephone +44 (0) 1799 533200 or email

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