Low SWaP, on the ground or up top
Measuring at just 206 mm (8.1 in), the R20 is the only radar in its class with true AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Phased Array) technology. Its impressive performance, small form factor, and remarkable energy efficiency all contribute to the R20's low SWaP-C (size, weight, power, and cost), making it ideal for military applications.
Like all TrueView® radars, the R20 is built with a focus on scalability. By networking with other units, it can achieve complete 360° coverage of any zone, including urban areas with tall buildings. This ability is also used in the air, where data received from ground-based radars can assist a UAV with targeting and navigation. The airborne variant, R20i, is standard equipment on DroneHunter® UAVs.
TrueView® Radar: Airspace awareness ahead of the curve
Fortem's TrueView® radar family leads the pack in the low-SWaP AESA radar segment. It is also the only radar brand applying the latest advancements to improve drone defense. Powered by blazing-fast NVIDIA™ graphics processors (GPUs), TrueView® radars go beyond simple detection, harnessing artificial intelligence to track and classify objects with extreme accuracy.
The AI relies on more than 10 years of machine learning wisdom to deliver the cleanest categorization on the market, bar none. And all of this happens onboard the radar itself — AI at the Edge — ensuring that information sent back to command is both prompt and detailed.
Purpose-built for drone detection
Traditional radar systems are meant to detect large threats, like enemy aircraft, or fast-moving threats, like guided missiles, approaching from a distance. They are not suited for countering the multitude of Group 1 and Group 2 drones causing trouble today.
Aside from being smaller than yesterday's threats, drones can fly much slower and at much lower altitudes. They are also very nimble, able to slip between gaps in defenses with surgical precision. Above all, drones are a new problem that demands new answers, not old ones.
Fortem's answer is TrueView®, a new breed of radars created specifically for anti-drone purposes.
Guaranteed low SWaP-C
SWaP-C is a military acronym. “SWaP” stands for Size, Weight, and Power, while “-C” stands for Cost, which is measured against the first three qualities. Today's defense organizations value versatility in military hardware. In contrast to the large, costly radar emplacements of the past, they now prefer small, efficient devices that are still powerful, but also flexible and portable.
It's a smart philosophy, which is why it has always been Fortem's top priority. All TrueView® radar products are, from conception to production, engineered for optimum SWaP-C. Both the R30 and its even smaller counterpart, the R20, are small enough to be carried and weigh less than 7 kg (15.5 lbs). They are also incredibly efficient — at full load, an R20 consumes just 38 watts. That's about the same as a household lightbulb.
360 degrees of certainty
Many radar systems — even modern ones — suffer from blind spots that can potentially be exploited. Criminals and terrorists are able to breach these inadequate defenses with high-flying drones that evade their detection, or with low-flying drones that enter underneath it. By contrast, TrueView® radars offer actual 360° coverage of an airspace via superior 3D detection of targets and the ability to link multiple units to form an impenetrable mesh.
AI at the Edge
TrueView® is much more than radar that can detect drones. Just as the problem of drones can't be explained in simple terms, simply being able to detect them does not sufficiently solve it.
Mainly, this is because of false alarms, which are common with other drone-capable radars. Birds are often mistaken for drones, leading to unnecessary panic. The opposite is also possible, and could have devastating consequences. For those tasked with defending sensitive airspaces from drone invasion, neither failure is acceptable.
TrueView® radars eliminate this shortcoming by doing intensive compute work inside the radar itself, utilizing highly advanced AI software. A convolutional neural network (CNN) applies adaptive machine learning combined with dynamic analysis to expose anomalies. It gives reliable, precise classificatons regardless of factors known to interfere with other radars, such as the presence of buildings or harsh weather conditions. Objects are assessed using their micro-doppler radar signatures, pattern of movement, size, position, and velocity. Multiple objects can be assessed simultaneously.
Because TrueView® radars can be linked directly to one another, there's no practical limit to the size of a TrueView® detection grid.
In fact, the R20 and R30 are designed for installation at both small and very large scales. AI at the Edge makes them extremely well suited to cover large geographical areas, since distance from the command and control center doesn't impact their ability to quickly register drones.
Any type of airspace can be protected, including urban areas with densely packed buildings.