London, UK—Today Horizon Technologies released the first images of its Xtender technology on a small rotary-wing UAV. UAV testing is being conducted in order to address customer requirements for small UAV-based Sat phone SIGINT (Thuraya, ISatPhone Pro and Iridium networks). The small UAV pictured below is carrying the Xtender module and has essentially the same SIGINT capability as expensive manned aircraft carrying our proven FlyingFish™ system operational worldwide.
The Xtender module shown here weighs 220 grams and is 20x5x5 cm. It can be deployed in handheld UAVs as part of the air vehicle, or on large UAVs as part of the air vehicle or on Horizon Technologies’ XPOD-UAV pod. The system pictured here is our development system. This particular configuration was developed primarily for an Asian Legal Intercept [LI] requirement and involves Sat phone geolocation and intercept combined with a 4K mini-EO camera on the UAV. The production version for our first NATO/FRONTEX customers will be Mil Spec. and fully qualified to DO-160 like all of our other airborne products.
John Beckner, Founder and Owner of Horizon Technologies, notes that, “Xtender is now a reality and it will drastically change the way this type of SIGINT is collected and passed to the warfighter. Instead of waiting for SIGINT data from larger manned aircraft and strategic UAVs, small tactical units will now be able to collect and action this valuable type of SIGINT.” Beckner adds that “Xtender will be in service and operational next year with at least three end users.”
Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite (SAT) phone monitoring systems for ISR applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. They are the OEM for the FlyingFish™ SIGINT system which is flying on numerous platforms worldwide. They participate daily in SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in the Mediterranean Sea, counter-piracy operations off the coast of East Africa and are heavily involved in international operations in the Levant, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. They have offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Taiwan, along with a worldwide network of sales representatives. FlyingFish™ has been in production since 2014, is manufactured in the UK, and is available worldwide for customers desiring an affordable, proven, ISR product. London-based SIGINT supplier Horizon Technologies has been named as one of Europe’s fastest-growing businesses in the fourth annual Inc. 5000 Europe rankings.
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