3D Radar

Fort Collins, CO

In response to gaps in the short-range air defense radar market, Numerica announced the development of a new U.S.-made, 3D radar solution for counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) and other short-range defense missions called Spyglass™ Short Range Surveillance Radar. Designed to fill the need for better C-UAS detection and tracking performance, Spyglass from Numerica will be available for a broad set of applications including facility security, border surveillance, convoy and vehicle protection, air space monitoring and more.

“Spyglass was born out of our firsthand experience with gaps in the short-range radar market,” said Nate Knight, Numerica's vice president of air and missile defense. “The rapidly-growing autonomous drone threat presented an opportunity to turn our attention to building a new radar from the ground up that would leverage our decades of experience solving critical air and missile defense problems and applying our proven radar processing and tracking technologies in new ways.”

Spyglass will offer a number of advantages, starting with superior precision. Spyglass utilizes Ku-Band Phased Array technology to provide high-precision measurements, improving targeting and classification performance at longer ranges and providing critical time for decision making and threat mitigation. Advanced signal processing algorithms and autonomy extend the detection range of the 3D radar, allowing users to see farther and faster, and where traditional pulse-doppler radar designs leave users blind up close, Spyglass' simultaneous transmit-and-receive design ensures threats are not missed at close ranges.

With a rugged, solid-state design, low power consumption and low transmit power, Spyglass is built to be deployed anywhere needed. With embedded C2 and AI software, Spyglass is also designed to enable broad-area autonomous sensor networks. Software-defined operating modes enable rapid customization to specific mission requirements. And for security reasons, the units are designed and manufactured in the U.S. by trusted defense partners.

Spyglass is specifically designed to detect and track small, autonomous, UAS beyond three and a half kilometers with precise measurements to support a range of mitigation techniques. With a high degree of configurability and out-of-the-box support for distributed operations, Spyglass’ software-driven control capabilities will enable seamless integration into layered defense systems.

Founded in 1996, Numerica specializes in solving national security challenges in the areas of air and missile defense and space domain awareness. Headquartered in Fort Collins, and with a satellite office in Colorado Springs, CO, Numerica’s team of research scientists and engineers tackle customer’s most challenging problems requiring advanced algorithm and software solutions. Numerica’s technologies have been deployed around the world to bring clarity and precision to real-time decision-making in the face of rapidly evolving threats.

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