Seeing is believing [INDODEF16-D1]

01 November 2016

Czech communications specialist ERA a.s. (Hall B, Stand 020D), a member of the Omnipol Group, supplies next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic management (ATM), military, security and airport operations markets. It now has more than 100 installations at airports, air traffic control centres and military organisations in 57 countries worldwide.

Among many of its systems being promoted is its Deployable Passive ESM Tracker (DPET) VERA-NG, which provides highly mobile passive surveillance for detection, location, identification and tracking of air, ground and naval targets in three versions. The sensors can be placed either on masts of two different heights (12m and 25m), supported by a tubular telescope structure, or on lightweight tripods or quadpods. They are easily transported and rapid tactical deployment in any terrain is only 60 minutes. The system has been delivered in a roll-on/roll-off configuration, including a fully configured mobile command centre containing all the processing, analysis and observation equipment.

The passive surveillance system, specifically DPET, is recognised as an essential sensor for any air defence surveillance network. DPET VERA-NG by ERA is a proven deployable air command and control system component (DAC) and processes radars, jammers, SSR/IFF transponders, TACAN/DME interrogators, data links and unco-operative targets based on transmission signatures and individual emitters. This passive technology enables virtually undetectable operation, provides long-term ELINT information and has no need for frequency allocations. Because it emits zero electromagnetic energy, VERA-NG offers a covert, electronic and physical surveillance capability that is not vulnerable to anti-radar weapon systems – allowing armed forces to conduct cross-border, long-term surveillance without alerting neighbouring states.

Having successfully passed factory acceptance tests in August, ERA is delivering a system comprising five redundant ADS-B stations, including its NEO multisensor surveillance system, as well as a multisensor tracker data fusion system and data display capability based on the ERIS command and control platform for ATM, to Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. “ERA has been selected as the successful bidder after an intensive technical and administration evaluation. Our experience in the deployment of surveillance solutions in other states of Southeast Asia such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, was also one of the key factors in selecting us for this project,” said managing director Viktor Sotona.

ERA has recently expanded its portfolio through the acquisition of R&D company C.D.K.K. REAL Ltd, with which it has already developed its new ERIS AirC2/ATM system, and the purchase of a controlling interest in Slovakia’s R-SYS Ltd, which specialises in software solutions for integrated ATM.

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