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Situational awareness on the battlefield is critical to maintaining tactical advantage. Yet the growing number of Unmanned Arial Systems (UAV), in particular micro-drones, is significantly contributing to shifting battlefield supremacy. High proliferation and the constant evolution of UAV capabilities in terms of autonomy, payload & swarm navigation increases the level of this threat day by day.

Thales Group has unveiled its new Ground Observer 20 multi-mission (GO20 MM) radar featuring advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and ground surveillance capabilities.

Combining ground and low-level air surveillance in a single surveillance asset, the radar offers early UAV detection and automatic classification.

Providing coverage of the full spectrum of threats in the field, the GO20 MM provides continuous 360° 3D coverage for a multitude of threats. The radar surveys a large volume in 3D, with fast update rates, enabling early detection and automatic classification of long-range drones especially when they are not yet a threat, providing additional crucial seconds for C-UAV measures, according to the company’s announcement.

The HMI Venus interface provides operators with automatic threat recognition, gaining precious time to decide if and what counter-strategy to adopt. 

Thanks to its compact size and modular configuration, the GO20 MM is easily transportable and deployable. In 5 minutes, two soldiers can set it up and quickly redeploy for a new mission, whether on a mast or for off-board operations.

With its six-pack battery, the GO20 MM provides Armed and Special Forces with seamless situational awareness for hours and high levels of protection.