Monitoring territorial waters on a round-the-clock basis while providing intelligence in time to take appropriate action is a major challenge to many nations. Ground-based and shipboard systems have a limited range against surface targets, while continuous use of aircraft is prohibitively expensive. Nations need an effective and affordable system that offers continuous, wide-area maritime surveillance and timely provision of target information.
TCOM Sea surveillance systems use our medium-class tethered aerostats, equipped with an advanced maritime radar, thermal imaging and optical sensors, and communications payloads that detect and track maritime targets at distances of 60 nautical miles and beyond. A single sea surveillance system can cover thousands of square miles for weeks at a time at the lowest possible hourly cost for an airborne asset. The early detection and direct communications with air and sea assets affords the critical window of time to evaluate the situation, coordinate forces and engage, if required.
The versatility of the sea surveillance system makes it ideal for responding to requirements or threats that change rapidly. The system is fully transportable and can be easily relocated with no site preparation. Although fully mature, the system can be shaped to better meet the needs of the client. Additional capabilities such as passive surveillance and remote data linking can be included.
Along hostile borders or in troubled interior regions, ground forces and civilian populations are at constant risk of attack. Well-armed insurgents use the cover of night to initiate surprise attacks and plant explosive devices. Without adequate continuous surveillance, enemy forces can inflict major damage. Ground-based radars and day/night optical sensors alone cannot provide the line of sight needed to overcome terrain obstructions and defeat these threats in a timely manner. Continuous operation of manned or unmanned aircraft is too costly and difficult to maintain. Therefore, security forces need an effective and affordable elevated land surveillance system that offers continuous, wide-area surveillance, while providing target information rapidly and reliably.
TCOM Land surveillance systems employ small, medium or large aerostats depending upon the nature of the threat, the operational site, location and required operational altitude. Each aerostat is equipped with proven payloads that are designed to detect and track targets over even the most challenging terrain. TCOM aerostat systems typically carry cutting-edge optical sensors, thermal imaging systems, radars and passive communications intelligence technologies which provide ground forces with actionable data in a timely manner. This early detection of potential threats affords the critical window of time needed to coordinate forces and engage threats, if necessary.
The versatility of TCOM land surveillance systems is unrivalled in the industry. Land-based aerostat solutions are available in fixed, transportable, or mobile configurations to meet a wide range of applications. The smallest systems are very mobile and can be operated with the aerostat aloft while on-the-move. Our smaller sized aerostats can also be deployed by helicopter lift when roads are impassible or non-existent. – See more at: http://www.tcomlp.com/land-surveillance-systems/#sthash.eqLcKt8q.dpuf