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Swarm tactics are the latest trend when you’re talking about autonomous cooperation systems. MARSS has introduced a new version of its NiDAR command and control system. The renewed version will enable linking multiple small and medium-sized mobile platforms together, the company announced.
As reported on shephardmedia.com, the system is designed to support operators of multiple small tactical platforms in surveillance, border control, coast guard, critical asset protection and special forces roles. NiDAR can be fitted to any fleet of light vehicles, vessels or UAS, including fast patrol boats, light tactical ground vehicles and light aircraft, transforming them into a fully networked mobile tactical surveillance system.
A common surveillance picture can be accessed and controlled from any one designated platform or via a command center. The system has achieved these abilities through the integration of multiple sensors including cameras, radar, sonar, communications and blue force trackers, enabling the operator to detect and monitor known and unknown air, surface and underwater objects.
Rob Balloch, VP Sales for MARSS said: “The reason we’re so excited about this development is that it is the first lightweight command and control system that allows you to integrate all surveillance assets into one tactical picture. Whether you’re thinking sonar on a patrol boat, the radar on a light patrol vehicle or the electro-optics on an unmanned aerial vehicle, they can all be controlled and coordinated from one designated asset and the information instantaneously shared across all other platforms. It is what the military call a force multiplier; giving small platforms big platform capability”.
Shephardmedia.com has also reported that the new system has already been ordered by Zodiac in a 2 million $ contract. The contract states that MARSS will supply the system for Zodiac Milpro’s Zodiac Hurricane Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RIB).