A new surveillance operation, Blighter Surveillance Systems, has been established from the Blighter radar group, which bases its technology on an electronic-scanning radar system. Blighter Surveillance Systems will operate as a separate business within the Plextek Group, based at Plextek's Great Chesterford headquarters on the outskirts of Cambridge, UK.
The business plans to build on the Blighter radar system and provide an integrated multi-sensor toolkit for systems integrators comprising not just the Blighter radars, but cameras, thermal imagers, trackers, and radar display and software solutions.
The newly-formed business will continue to focus on defence, land and water border surveillance, perimeter security and critical infrastructure protection with initial geographic emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa.
A new multi-language version of the BlighterView software will provide new features aimed at the system integrator, including the capability to support large scale deployments of radars, cameras, thermal imagers and other sensors.
Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: ‘We have recognised for some time that our system integrator customers would prefer a single supplier to provide a more tightly coupled multi-sensor solution – particularly for large scale, complex border and site security projects. This approach offers obvious cost efficiencies, de-risks sensor compatibility issues and saves the customer having to integrate advanced radar, cameras and thermal imaging technology into their command and control applications.’
Blighter has been developing this additional capability in the last 12 months to provide a multi-sensor solution. The Blighter advanced ground surveillance radar will still remain at the heart of its surveillance offering.