The NADATS division of Aeros, a lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft manufacturer, has announced that it has successfully completed integrated functionality testing on a new Elevated Early Warning System (EEWS), an integrated multi-role aerial surveillance system for use over water, land and air for situational awareness.
NADATS’ EEWS integrates a 27 sensor package including radar with ground-moving target indication capability, electro-optic and infrared HD imaging system, and moving map software for empowerment and simplified use by operators. One unique feature of the EEWS is the ability to detect low flying small UAVs.
“No other [EEW] systems provides the same capabilities for persistent air and surface surveillance and target tracing and identification with greater cost efficiency and fast re-stationing flexibility,” explains Louis Pu, Project Lead at Aeros.
The active electronically scanned array radar delivers advanced ISR capability. It features 360° scan coverage with auto track and simultaneous dual-mode operation, delivering robust capabilities for surface surveillance, navigation, beacon detection, target imaging/classification, and ground mapping. Ground moving target detection mode (GMTI) allows to users discriminate a target from clutter.
The EEWS’ wide-area HD imaging system include megapixel thermal, daylight, and low-light cameras with high magnification optics; laser payloads; and a fully-integrated IMU to precisely locate targets. It provides HD color in low light, full digital HD video from all its imaging sensors, and output video that meets US DOD and NATO specifications. Moving maps software integrates all sensor data onto one, comprehensive tactical map, displaying target position, speed and direction. The software automates slewing of camera and radar tracks for easy targeting, auto alerts when a target enters a defined area, and records all mission data for later analysis.
NADATS’ EEWS supports missions as an elevated and integrated sensor platform for vigilant area monitoring. It can be mounted on elevated aerial platforms or tower systems to provide tactical area coverage and line-of-sight exceeding of 70 KM.
Developed as a solution for enhanced defensive capabilities, border monitoring and detection of small UAVs from a stand-off distance, the EEWS can obtain, analyze and feed data sets in real time to empower commanders with actionable intelligence and better coordinate asset response.