French company Thales introduces its new radar system

Thales unveils a new ground-based multi-mission radar for force protection - with the unique simultaneous ground and low-level air surveillance, providing exceptional early UAV detection, in particular of micro-drones. 

The Paris-based technology company, which operates in nearly 70 countries with over 80,000 employees, gave the following details about its new radar system, the Ground Observer 20 Multi-Mission (GO20 MM): 

“Situational awareness in the battlefield is critical to maintaining the tactical advantage. Yet the increasing pace of technology is constantly challenging this advantage. The growing number of unmanned aerial systems (UAV), in particular micro-drones, is significantly contributing to shifting battlefield supremacy. High proliferation and the constant evolution of UAV capabilities in terms of autonomy, payload and swarm navigation increases the level of this threat day by day.

Providing coverage of the full spectrum of threats in the field, the GO20 MM provides continuous 360-degree 3D coverage for a multitude of threats. The radar surveys a large volume in 3D, with fast update rates, enabling early detection and automatic classification of long-range drones especially when they are not yet a threat, providing additional crucial seconds for Counter-UAV (C-UAV) measures. 

Through a clear, simple HMI Venus interface, operators automatically and easily recognize a threat, gaining precious time to decide if and what counter-strategy to adopt. In complex scenarios such as asymmetric conflicts or high-density combat, the ability to classify automatically and quickly to get a fast situation picture provides a tactical advantage.

Thanks to its compact size and modular configuration, the GO20 MM is easily transportable and deployable. In 5 minutes, two soldiers can set it up and quickly redeploy for a new mission, whether on a mast or for off-board operations. 

With its six-pack battery, the GO20 MM provides Armed and Special Forces with seamless situational awareness for hours and high levels of protection. Choosing to opt-out of the generator option, Thales has made sure that the GO20 MM remains quiet and highly transportable ensuring mission success.”

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