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Whether accidental or malicious, unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicles in proximity to critical infrastructure could have devastating impacts. New airborne and ground-based ultra-long-range radar systems capable of detecting drones more than 3,200 feet (975 m) away have been revealed. The systems are precise, cost-effective detection tools to minimize disaster risks, keep classified information safe and protect government buildings, critical infrastructure and airports.

The US-based radar technology company Ainstein said its ULAB-D1 is designed for air-to-air operations while the ULGB-D1 is a ground-based radar. Both radars feature digital beam forming for highly precise elevation measurement and real-time processing for 3D detection. Speed measurement for more than 100 targets brings enhanced security capabilities to airborne and ground-based radar solutions, the company said.

“Customizable long-range radar systems are essential to keeping critical infrastructure safe from skyborne threats, which can range from UAVs conducting surveillance of a site to actual attacks on the site,” said Andrew Boushie, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Ainstein.

According to uasmagazine.com, for airborne-based drone detection radar, the ULAB-D1 provides a compact sensor capable of integrating into high-speed and heavy-duty UAS platforms; air-to-air detection and avoidance capability for beyond visual-line-of-sight operations; detection and tracking range of up to 1000 meters for manned and unmanned airborne vehicles; and all-weather detection and tracking.

For ground-based drone detection radar, the ULGB-D1 provides data to unmanned aircraft traffic management systems; detection for non-cooperative intruders and cooperative targets in the operating airspace for management of localized commercial UAS operations; and a compact and portable sensor, making it ideal for temporary UAS flight operations.