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Eurosatory 2018: ThirdEye displays Meduza drone detector

15 June 2018

Israel’s ThirdEye Systems displayed its Meduza passive drone detection system for the first time at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition.

Developed as a follow-on from the company’s Chimera optical detection system, the main focus of which is detecting human targets, the Meduza system uses two thermal imaging sensors working side by side to stereoscopically detect hostile drones.

Israel’s ThirdEye Systems displayed its Meduza passive drone detection system for the first time at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition. (IHS Markit/Peter Felstead)Israel’s ThirdEye Systems displayed its Meduza passive drone detection system for the first time at this month’s Eurosatory exhibition. (IHS Markit/Peter Felstead)

Like the Chimera system, the technology used in Meduza seeks to detect its target within a single frame, with the sensor using algorithms to understand the kind of shapes it is looking for. Lior Segal, ThirdEye’s founder and CEO, told Jane’s on 13 June that this gives advantages in on-the-fly detection, classification, and the lack of any need for preparation/installation compared with other options such as video motion detection or automatic target recognition technology. The system is claimed to function particularly well in low-altitude, heavily cluttered environments where radars often struggle.

Designed to be small and low in power requirements and therefore portable, Meduza can be fitted onto a vehicle or tripod mounted for use by infantry. It can be used as a standalone system or integrated with other system components such and radars and jammers to form a wider anti-drone capability.

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