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16 September 2015

DSEI 2015: Sensor Teaming

Danish radar specialist Weibel Doppler Radars and Chess Dynamics Ltd. in the UK have bundled their expertise in developing a new radar/electro-optical (EO) fire control system. Consisting of the Sea Eagle FCRO (Fire Control Radar Optic), the new solution can be employed for the control of naval guns against air, surface, and shore targets. Weibel’s radar is based on the Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology contained in the MFTR/2100 system. The company’s Marketing Manager, Janus Bendix Engmann, told MT that the Sea Eagle FCRO sensor system just returned from land-based trials in Denmark, delivering “extraordinary results” in detecting and tracking a passenger aircraft over a distance of over 100km.

The Sea Eagle FCRO system shown in London combines advanced FMCW Doppler radar technology with a fully-integrated EO sensor suite to provide target acquisition, tracking, and gun engagement in all weathers. (Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

Simon Harrison, Chess Dynamics’ Sales Manager, noted that the company expects “good potential” for selling the new sensor system to international customers, including maritime forces, Coast Guards, as well as law enforcement and security organisations. The new solution will not function as a sensor for detecting objects over short distances. MT learned that the new product is for longer range military and security applications. “Customers were always asking for long-range security and surveillance systems”, Harrison noted. He also stated that the company’s EO products – e.g. the OWL Electro-Optical Director (EOD) based on the successful COBRA platform fitted with an integrated camera head assembly – are already in operational use with the UK Royal Navy and a number of international customers.

Chess Dynamics has come together with two other companies from the UK defence and security industries – Blighter Surveillance Systems and Enterprise Control Systems – to address the very real and proliferating concerns regarding the malicious use of commercially available Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. miltechmag will report on this in a separate report.
Stefan Nitschke