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IDEX 2019: Sudan displays mobile ground surveillance system

20 February 2019
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The Sudanese Al-Kinaniya land surveillance system on display at IDEX 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC) unveiled its Al-Kinaniya land surveillance system during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17-21 February.

The system consists of a mast-mounted X-band ground surveillance radar with a planar array antenna and an electro-optical system with day and infrared cameras that are fitted to a China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VN4 4×4 light armoured vehicle.

"We designed this vehicle according to the needs of the Sudanese military. They have tested and accepted it," MIC spokesman Moatasim Mohammed Daowd Ali told Jane' s.

He said the radar and electro-optical system are Chinese products, but his company integrated them so the latter can automatically slew to a target identified by the radar to enable closer inspection. The system does not have to be continuously manned because it can be programmed so that an alarm sounds when the radar detects a target in a pre-set area.

The Al-Kinaniya is also fitted with a communications system that allows it to share real-time camera feed with an operations centre.

The power for the radar is generated by the vehicle's standard power system using an electric inverter. The sensors cannot be operated when the vehicle is moving.

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