PARIS – The French high technology defense and aerospace corporation Thales announced on Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of the United Kingdom-based start-up company Aveillant Ltd. which has emerged as a pioneer in 3D holographic radar technology.
Thales did not specify the amount involved but said the types of radars made by Aveillant were especially effective in detecting, tracking and classifying very small targets such as drones.
“Holographic radars perform very differently to standard surveillance techniques by establishing a permanent and complete picture of the total air space volume,” Thales said in a statement. “This technique is ideally adapted to the growing drone market.”
Radar technology has been around for more than 70 years, yet many of the fundamental elements of its design have changed little over that time.
Holographic radar is a major breakthrough as it essentially digitizes the entire volume of airspace it tracks, an important advance.
“Our customers are increasingly faced with significant challenges to ensure the protection of large infrastructures, critical sites, and airports,” said Serge Adrian, Senior Vice President for surface radar activities, Thales. “Aveillant’s holographic radar technology will provide a key building block.”
Cambridge-based Aveillant makes the 3D Holographic Gamekeeper 16U radar which performs very differently to standard surveillance techniques by creating a permanent and complete picture of the total airspace volume.
This revolutionary technique created by Aveillant, has no moving parts and it continuously “floodlights” the entire field of view providing location and velocity of every object detected.
The holographic radar is a software-defined staring radar, based on a modular and scalable hardware platform.
“We are delighted to join a worldwide group the size of Thales, which will provide Aveillant with the resources and backing that is needed to accelerate its growth potential,” said David Crisp, CEO of Aveillant.
Thales is the world leader in data protection, airport security solutions and the top European company offering cybersecurity solutions.