drone detection

Importance of Drone Detection Radar

The Kelvin Hughes SharpEye SxV radar is one of the most sensitive and sophisticated radars that does its task for drone detection of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), quadcopters, and drones tremendously efficiently. We excel in providing high-end radar-based solutions for border and perimeter security while the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ SxV radar with its unparalleled ability to identify small low aerial objects even in chaotic situations comes across as a phenomenal sensor to spot and furnish timely alerts of drone operations.

Systems can either be a single Kelvin Hughes SharpEye SxV radar unit or a component of a multi-radar and electro-optic camera system deployed via our imaginative Single Mast Solution (SMS) for mobile and temporary requirements.

Drone Detection

Law enforcement and security agencies can track and intercept intrusions from drones in far-flung and inaccessible locations thanks to the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye SxV radar.

A Drone Detection, Recognize, Identify and Classify approach can be employed through either a complete single or multi-node situational awareness. The resultant image can be controlled via the Kelvin Hughes control and interface software CxEye.

Sharpeye Solid State X-Band Pulse Doppler Radar


The threats and intrusions posed by small-sized drones such as hobbyist quadcopters can be successfully neutralized thanks to the high-end SharpEye radar technology. This technology can prove to be extremely efficient in providing requisite protection against drones in and around airports, bases, sensitive government locations, ports, harbors, and national installations. SharpEye radar employs a blend of intricate radar techniques and clutter map optimization to spot and identify drones.

Offering incredible reliability, the solid-state radar along with the transceiver requires zero service or maintenance requirements.

In contrast to a plethora of ground surveillance radars that are typically employed for low aerial reconnaissance, the SharpEye radar operates in the X-band frequency range. This frequency band is less affected by rain, sea, snow, sand, dust, and other kinds of clutter and environmental conditions. Owing to their high frequencies, the Ku, K, and Ka bands are more vulnerable to noise.

A low-powered patented pulse sequence is emitted by the SharpEye radar which ensures that short, medium, and long-range radar beams are detected at the same time. This keeps the radar operator engaged at all times irrespective of the range or zoom setting of the radar display software. There are other advantages on the offering when it comes to an X-band radar such as a prolifically long- and short-range capability in contrast to FMCW or microwave sensors which are traditionally hampered by limited ranges.

Cogent information is retrieved by the Doppler processing of radar beams in relation to target velocity (radial) and allows small and slow-moving objects to be detected along with those that boast a low Radar Cross Section (RCS). The radar employs a series of electronic filters to differentiate between the intended targets and land and environmental noise. Moving Target Detection (MTD) also offers optimized clutter suppression at the Doppler processing stage and pulse compression of the returning radar beams thereby enabling a low transmit power providing efficient use of the radar. Lesser sophisticated are used by other Doppler radars such as Moving Target Indication (MTI) which does not cater for the radial velocity information. FMCW radars do not offer pulse compression.

SharpEye SxV

The SharpEye SxV is a high-quality, lightweight, portable, and conveniently deployable self-contained radar that weighs less than 20Kg. It is an affordable and sophisticated UAV and drone detection gizmo that is deployed on a single mast with a single wired connection while ensuring easy installation.

The unit is encapsulated by a radome and consists of an antenna furnishing omnidirectional coverage. Other components include a low-power version of the SharpEye solid-state X-band transceiver and GPS while conformity with IP67 standard means that the unit can function in extreme cold, hot or moist conditions.

Whether the radar is being deployed as a single or multi-node setup or used as a portable radar sensor, SharpEye SxV offers all-weather detection round the clock.

The Kelvin Huges radar control and display software CxEye is fed with situational awareness information by the radar. It is typically synchronized with electro-optical camera sensors employing the Kelvin Hughes through Single Mast Solution (SMS). The same camera information as the radar is portrayed in a single picture by CxEye.

CxEye Drone Detection Software

CxEye is the Kelvin and Hughes control and display software that incorporates multiple sensors such as radars and cameras into a single and intuitive display package.

The software is essentially an uncomplicated command and control interface that includes drone detection of multiple sensors, swerve to the cue of radar to the camera, mapping capability, and a target priority cart, all stacked together on a single touch screen-capable software. The software is easy to comprehend and requires minimal training.

The drone detection software provides myriad radar tracks, geo-referenced on a selection of mapping tools. It can also utilize fuse tracks from multiple radar heads into a single intuitive display.

It is possible to attain situational awareness in an instant while the threat reports are retrieved automatically or via parameters configured by the user.

The radar tracks are displayed in different domains in an easily comprehendible format. This aids the user in analyzing and coordinating a response through a “detect, recognize, identify and then classify” approach.

CxEye integrates a wide array of complementary sensors in a flawless and automatic manner. Traditionally, electro-optical sensors can be synchronized with the radar using a swerve to cue capability.

Information from the additional integrated sensors can be processed to provide the user with live imagery and data to aid in picture compilation and threat assessment.

A wide array of communication alternatives are used to pass radar tracks and other additional information. This is figured out by the operational requirement. A wide surveillance network can be forged by virtue of multiple CxEye iterations and the data and communication is passed automatically to ensure response functionality in real-time.

Methods of Deployment

Kelvin and Hughes coordinate with the customer regarding the mode in which the drone surveillance is needed to be carried out. Appropriate suggestions are passed onto the customer in relation to the best approach of deployment of the radar and electro-optic sensor selection. Kelvin Hughes is always impartial when it comes to the deployment method of radar along with the selection of sensors. All the primary components can be sourced separately or Kelvin Hughes can serve as the primary supplier of radar, camera, and mounting methods.

Typically, the SharpEye SxV radar and the camera are located at the same place as a common deployment method on a single mast using the Kelvin Hughes through the shaft SMS unit on a mast. This is a simple approach that ensures that the radar and the cameras are deployed swiftly without costing an arm and a leg on a single mast with a single wire connection giving omnidirectional pan and tile functionality with no blind arcs.

Drone detection power and communications

Suggestions and recommendations can also be passed onto the customer by Kelvin Hughes with regard to the appropriate power and communication systems that are needed to provide situational awareness information to other locations and command centers. Based on the drone detection application and the customer requirements, Kelvin Hughes can act as the primary supplier or can collaborate with the customer and integrator:

  • Military specification batteries for portable applications
  • Solar panel, charge and battery system for mast mounted radar systems
  • Mobile generators

Microware and satellite communication links both mobile and fixed based on the deployment approach.

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