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New Multi-Mission Radar for Early UAV Detection & Ground Surveillance

Published: 11 Oct 2021 by

Thales has unveiled a new ground based multi-mission radar for force protection, with unique simultaneous ground and low-level air surveillance in a single surveillance asset.

Thales Ground Observer 20 Radar

The Ground Observer 20 Multi-Mission (GO20 MM) is a single mode multi-mission radar for continuous 360° 3D detection, tracking and automatic classification of the full threat spectrum, from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), such as micro-drones, and helicopters in the low- level airspace, to insurgents by foot or armed vehicles.

Through a clear, simple HMI Venus interface, operators automatically and easily recognize a threat, gaining time to decide if and what counter-UAV (cUAV) measures to adopt. In complex scenarios such as asymmetric conflicts or high-density combat, the ability to classify automatically and quickly to get a fast situation picture provides tactical advantage.

With its compact size and modular configuration, the GO20 MM is easily transportable and deployable. It can be set up by two soldiers in around 5 minutes and can be quickly redeployed for a new mission, whether on a mast or for off-board operations. 

Its six-pack battery enables the GO20 MM to provide Armed and Special Forces with seamless situational awareness for hours and high levels of protection. Choosing to opt-out of the generator option, the GO20 MM remains quiet and highly transportable to provides protection for troops in camps, on-the-march and units on the battlefield. 

“With more than 50 years of experience in radars, and thousands ground surveillance radars around the world, Thales continues to invest and bring tactical advantage to forces in the field,” said Maja Velimirovic, Director Land and Air Systems, Thales in Germany.

“Given the strong track record of all the ground based radars from the Ground Alerter and Ground Observer portfolio, this latest family member adds a new dimension to early drone detection and provides superior support to forces battlefield supremacy.” 

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