Drone Detection System Developed


The SMS-D, an integrated, medium-range, radar-based surveillance system for drone detection, has been developed by Kelvin Hughes, a company that designs radar systems for applications in security, surveillance and maritime navigation.

Kelvin Hughes has warned that “drones represent a new threat to our security” in its latest announcement about the product (pictured below), which tracks the real-time position of aerial targets, including those that could be used for smuggling, hostile observation, attacking infrastructure, vehicles or individuals.



SMS-D is able to be fixed to a permanent structure or mounted on a vehicle to provide 360˚ surveillance and continuously updated bearing, distance, altitude and velocity data through a combination of radar, optical and thermal imaging devices that can identify targets automatically by a video tracking system.

It is able to detect drones up to 1.5 kilometres away and is the latest addition to the Kelvin Hughes SMS (Single Mast Solution) range. The official launch will take place at the UK’s Home Office Security & Policing exhibition.


Image: The SMS-D on a mock perimeter fence and linked to Kelvin Hughes’ CxEye control and display software which integrates data from multiple sensors into a single, easy-to-use display package


Jonathan Field, Security Systems and Sensors Director for Kelvin Hughes, said: “The first of its kind, the [SMS-D] system is a fully integrated package of radar and electro-optic sensors and software providing a sophisticated yet highly cost-effective response to the increasing threat of drone incursion.”

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