Controp Precision Technologies is introducing a fast-scanning electro-optical camera capable of detecting very small moving targets, including micro-UAVs flying against ground clutter. The new sensor, dubbed “Tornado”, acts as a passive EO radar, providing 360-degree panoramic coverage of the surrounding area.

"Drones are becoming more prevalent and they present new threats to personal security. Most of the radar-based air defense systems are not designed to withstand the threats of small drones that fly below 100 feet. We recognized this gap in technology and came up with an IR-based solution to this urging problem.” The Tornado was recently tested and proven capable of detecting and tracking even the smallest and lowest flying drones.”

According to Johnny Carni, VP marketing at Controp, Tornado uses software algorithms to automatically detect and track man-made flying aircraft along its path – small multi-rotor and micro-UAVs, small (unmanned) Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft – even at heights of only a few feet above ground level, and at various flight speeds. The sensor can detect very small targets hundreds of meters away and large targets even tens of kilometers away.

Tornado can be operated locally or remotely from a Command & Control Center, as standalone system or integrated with other systems such as Radars, EO/IR observation and command and control systems.

According to Carni, Tornado can be used to monitor any airspace and to alert on the entrance or appearance of any unauthorized aircraft. “The system provides an automatic audio and visual alert which notifies the operator that a flying object has entered the ‘no-fly’ zone it is monitoring, thus adding a new dimension to perimeter security and protection, particularly at critical assets such as airports, power plants and along international borders,” he explains.