Bengaluru: Space start-up GalaxEye has joined hands with drone manufacturing company ideaForge, to develop a customised radar for the armed forces that can enable them to see through dense foliage and fog. The MoU also includes the development of a high-resolution 3D imaging foliage-penetrating radar. The radar UAV FOPEN (Foliage Penetration) will help the armed forces address the unique demands of the operations that involve penetrating dense foliage, ensuring seamless monitoring while overcoming obstructions.
In a statement on September 26, GalaxEye said, “Under this collaboration, ideaForge will contribute its expertise in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, skillfully blending it with GalaxEye’s state-of-the-art Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.” This has been one of the requirements of the security forces to see under foliage and through fog, it said.
ideaForge CEO Ankit Mehta said, “We are excited to partner with GalaxEye to develop cutting-edge solutions in aerial surveillance and mapping, which will greatly enhance the capabilities of our security forces and aid them in their endeavours to guard the nation against existing and future threats.”
Overcoming obstructions like clouds, fog, smoke, mist, camouflage nets, and dense tree-canopy foliage, which often hinder surveillance operations, Foliage Penetrating UAV Radar system will greatly enhance the ability to detect illegal activities, monitor the movement of any unauthorised individuals, enable counterinsurgency operations and track various illicit operations, the statement said.
The radar when mounted on a UAV, will function as an all-weather surveillance payload that can identify objects obscured by foliage or camouflage by providing tactical real-time ground photography, the statement said.
Suyash Singh, Co-founder and CEO at GalaxEye, said, “Today, technology is limited to monitoring technologies only. Adding this new dimension to our SAR technology, in partnership combined with ideaForge’s expertise, will empower security agencies with unparalleled unprecedented advantages in challenging operational scenarios with minimal operations effort.”