Search and surveillance specialist Sentient Vision Systems has joined forces with Austrian-based Airborne Technologies and aircraft integration specialist company Phoenix Aerospace to create a Middle East centre of excellence for sensor integration focussed on introducing the AW-139 ViDAR SCAR (Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance) Pod to the UAE market.
Launched at the ongoing Dubai Airshow, the tripartite initiative introduces the latest evolution of the ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) pod family, designed for a range of Search and Rescue (SAR) and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) applications for civilian and military use, and recently demonstrated and operated with Diamond Aircraft in Belgium.
Sentient and Airborne Technologies’ AW-139 Day/Night ViDAR SCAR Pod, provides round the clock search capabilities, with real time autonomous detection of SAR targets. When searching small objects such as a life raft or a person in the water, ViDAR has up to 300 times greater search coverage than an aircraft without ViDAR meaning more lives saved and lower mission costs.
“Sentient and Airborne Technologies have a long productive relationship providing airborne surveillance solutions and together with Phoenix Aerospace we have a winning combination playing to our respective strengths,” said Sentient Vision Systems’ founder and Managing Director, Dr Paul Boxer. “This collaboration will provide a fully certified, integrated ViDAR Optical Radar capability for maritime search and surveillance operations for our key customers.”
“A fixed installation of the ViDAR system is already flying on the Viking Twin Otter ISR demonstrator,” said Wolfgang Grumeth, CEO of Airborne Technologies. “This technology is a “must-have” for state-of-the-art SAR operations, and we are excited at the launch of this latest addition to the SCAR Pod portfolio.”
“This agreement between Phoenix Aerospace partnering with two acknowledged world leaders in the optical sensors and aircraft integration markets, is testimony to the strength and depth of our expertise working with global aerospace brands,” said Tony Okill, Managing Director, Phoenix Aerospace. “It not only places the UAE front and centre of this dynamic industry, but importantly ensures that the ViDAR optical sensor system become the chosen solution for a range of applications and platforms operating within the UAE.”
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