What’s required to give me protection?
A core Obsidian Counter Drone system will give 360 Degrees of protection, 2Km in all directions, including directly above. The standard package contains 2x 180 Degree Radars, Tracker, PTZ camera (Different options are available) and the Command and Control interface with two screens for the operator. You will need an elevated stable position to mount the radars, with clear line of sight in all directions. QinetiQ typically work with our customers to understand their specific site/platform requirements and are able to cost-effectively tailor and add to the above to meet specific requirements.
Why is the Obsidian Radar good at detecting Drones?
QinetiQ’s Obsidian Radar was developed following a comprehensive threat analysis research programme, and has therefore been designed from the ground up with Drone detection as its primary use. This means its been optimised for detection and identification of small moving objects in 3D space. Obsidian transmits on a frequency which is especially optimised for detecting the signature created by small motors and rotor blades on drones.
Is the range limited to 2Km?
In short, no. Although the Obsidian radar is instrumented to 2Km, system performance can be extended through integration of additional sensors, including supplementary radars or RF sensing and Direction Finding techniques. Obsidian also provides it’s 2km range in all directions, supporting threat tracking of drones which can fly above conventional longer-range 2D radar systems.
How good is the Obsidian Counter Drone system at classifying targets?
Conventionally, classification of small flying objects at longer distances can be challenging, and can often result in high false alarm rates - alarms from every airborne target over a 20 square km of airspace doesn’t typically deliver customer satisfaction. The Obsidian system uses a combination of sensors and advanced techniques (such as the ‘micro-Doppler’ signature of spinning propeller blades) to detect and classify Drones. The Obsidian Radar as the primary sensor is augmented with and Artificial Intelligence techniques applied to the live video feed provides sufficient target classification. In addition, information from RF sensors can also be overlaid.
Could a target get missed by scanning radar beams?
Obsidian Radar doesn’t have a spinning antenna, or electronically scanning beams, it uses a large array (80+) of static antenna beams to create a ‘protective bubble’ around your location, 360 Degrees around by 90 Degrees vertically. This provides far greater ability to detect and track small objects, prevents drones from flying ‘over the radar’ (as with 2D single-beam radars), and delivers more continuous radio frequency energy on the threat which allows greater target discrimination than fleeting scanning beams.
What sizes of drones are detectable?
Obsidian has been developed to detect and track conventional consumer drones which are available on the high street (such as those from DJI). Detection limits vary with drone type - the general rule of thumb is, the larger the drone the further away it will be detected.
Can Obsidian be used over water?
Yes, Obsidian can be used over water. Obsidian is a Doppler radar system which makes measurements by means of detecting Doppler changes when an object moves. Our staring beam technology is comprised of 80+ beams per radar, allowing us to isolate sea clutter in our lower beams only without adversely affecting performance against air targets.
Who monitors the Obsidian system?
Obsidian is an unmanned system which works 24/7/365 and will only warn you of a drone when certain criteria are met, at which point its camera will be automatically trained on and tracking the target. This allows rapid threat conformation without operator intervention with the system, and appropriate action to be taken immediately. Many competing systems require manual intervention to track threats, raising cost of ownership through the need to man the system.
How big is an obsidian Radar?
The Obsidian radar is a relatively small device which can easily be mounted on a roof or small mast. Its small size means it can be mounted on a building or ship with little impact to the aesthetic of the structure.