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Cambridge Pixel provides Korean air bases with radar trackers
by Ryan Maass
Cambridge, England (UPI) Dec 8, 2015

Northrop Grumman demonstrates Venom targeting system
Apopka, Fla. (UPI) Dec 8, 2015 - Northrop Grumman demonstrated its targeting system Venom and its ability to track small unmanned aerial systems.

During the demonstration, the Venom system was integrated on a Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder on a stabilized, gimbaled mount. Northrop Grumman officials say the Venom's targeting capability allowed other systems in the network to deliver precision-guided munitions to counter the UAS. The system's vehicle-agnostic design allows it to be used on a variety of land vehicles.

"By continuing to invest in Venom, we have been able to repurpose our mature LLDR technology for additional missions," said Kay Burch, vice president, communications, intelligence and networking solutions for Northrop Grumman in a statement. "Adding counter-UAS and on-the-move targeting will give our warfighters greater flexibility in mission planning and execution."

For added protection, Venom comes equipped with a mounted sensor controlled under armor. The LLDR is fitted with forward air controllers and naval gun spot teams, which can recognize targets in all weather conditions.

Northrop Grumman has delivered over 2,700 LLDR systems.

Cambridge Pixel has supplied Hanwha Thales Corporation with radar trackers to be used at air force bases for the Republic of Korea.

The trackers will enhance the Republic of Korea Air Force's air traffic surveillance capabilities by including primary radar display, tracking, and fusing primary tracks with IFF, identification friend or foe, data. Hanwha Thales Corporation Senior Engineer Jaehun Kim called the radar trackers "flexible" for their ability to accommodate different sensors.

"The company's engineers were extremely responsive throughout all stages of this project, and when changes to the radar and IFF interfaces required additional development, this was undertaken in a timely manner," Kim said. "Cambridge Pixel's software was straightforward to integrate within our own display application code and the upgrades were successfully delivered to the Air Force on time."

Following integration of trackers and sensors, Cambridge Pixel's SPx Tracking Server provides automatic track initiation and multi-hypothesis tracking from the primary radar sensor. The tracker accepts the video data, and then processes it to identify targets. The Republic of Korea Air Force will be able to configure the system to identify target-like shapes.

"This is yet another example of a project where Cambridge Pixel's software modules have been combined into a complete solution, working with existing radar hardware and allowing the customer to retain full control over the end-user display application," Cambridge Pixel CEO Dave Johnson said in a statement.

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