Defence & Security Industry News - United Instrument Corporation
|Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:09 AM|
|United Instrument Corporation unveiled its new Forpost area monitoring radar system|
The United Instrument Corporation has presented Forpost, an area monitoring radar system, designed by its subsidiary Concern Vega at the Interpolitex 2014 Show in Russia, which has better specs than similar overseas-made products The Forpost monitoring radar system was developed to identify ground targets, surface ships and low-flying objects and is capable of tracking at least 50 targets at the same time, the company reported in its press release.
“Forpost is a 360-degree radar system capable of identifying moving objects at distances up to 20 kilometers,” United Instrument Corporation Department Head Alexander Kalinin says. “The distance resolution, or the minimum distance between two identifiable objects is 30 centimeters, which is a very good number.”
Forpost is a 360-degree radar system capable of identifying moving objects at distances of up to 20 kilometers
“To offer a comparison point, some widely-used foreign-made systems have a maximum range of 6-8 kilometers,” Deputy Senior Technical Designer of Concern Vega Viktor Plyushchev says. “Only German inventors have achieved maximum range close to ours. However, they have been able to achieve much weaker distance resolution: not 30 centimeters like our system, but approximately five meters. While our beam has 60,000 range elements in one direction, theirs has only 6,000 – 8,000, and their system cannot ever cover the same area at any one time.”
The system has a function enabling it to identify a “smart invader,” which makes it possible to distinguish a human being from other moving objects, even if the person is camouflaging his movements.
Adaptive detection algorithms have been incorporated in the system, according to Viktor Plyushchev, making is possible to adjust automatically to changes in the background, for example, those resulting from the growth of grasses in the spring or snowfall. Previously, it took experts several days to solve this problem.
“When dealing with the ground surface rather than the sky, the picture is distorted by reflection, by the background. It is important to be able to identify a person on this background, which can be quite challenging, with grass, shrubs, other objects. When there is snowfall, the background parameters also change. Within a radius of 20 kilometers, we have 15 million dots which we must identify, process and track. Algorithms have been developed which can do this automatically,” Viktor Plyushchev said.
The Forpost radar system has completed extensive testing and is ready for series production.