Blighter Radars to Monitor Korean Demilitarised Zone

Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British electronic-scanning radar and sensor solution provider, has won a contract to supply the South Korean Armed Forces with its Blighter B400 electronic-scanning radars. While the announcement was made today, Oct. 9, the value of the contract has not been disclosed.

The Blighter long-range ground surveillance radars will be deployed to monitor the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a buffer zone which runs 250km across the Korean peninsula and separates North and South Korea.

Blighter radars have been operational in South Korea for some years providing a persistent surveillance capability along the DMZ in what is considered one of the world’s most mountainous countries with environmental extremes of -30 degrees C in winter and a humid +40 degrees C in summer.

According to the company, the Blighter radars work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, monitoring the 4km-wide DMZ for any human, vehicle or low-flying aircraft incursions.

Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “We are delighted to have secured further business for this strategic border surveillance project. Our long-term relationship with the Koreans goes back some 8 years to when we first demonstrated our radar in the country.

“This contract for additional B400 radars clearly shows that our technology is effective in extreme weather conditions and in rocky terrain. The customer has also seen that the radars really do remain operational without any routine maintenance.”

Blighter radars are stated to be particularly well suited to border security applications due to their long-range detection capability (10m to 2km in steps up to 32km), 20-degree wide elevation beam and their ability to detect very small and slow targets even in cluttered environments.

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