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Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE to host ViDAR centre of excellence

20th November 2021 - 09:35 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Dubai

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Sentient Vision Systems claims interest in the Middle East for ViDAR SCAR-equipped AW139s for search and rescue operations (pictured is an HM Coastguard AW139 in the UK). (Photo: Sentient)

Will the ViDAR SCAR reconnaissance pod make an impact in the Middle Eastern ISR market?

Australian company Sentient Vision Systems used the Dubai Airshow 2021 to announce the creation of a UAE-based centre of excellence for integrating visual detection and ranging (ViDAR) technology.

Richard Glyn-Jones, director of business development at Sentient, told Shephard that the trilateral initiative also includes Airborne Technologies of Austria and UK firm Phoenix Aerospace. The centre will focus on introducing the day/night ViDAR Self Contained Aerial Reconnaissance (SCAR) pod to the UAE market.

The ViDAR system is essentially an optical radar with a 180-degree field of view for autonomous detection. It can be installed on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and

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Leonid Nersisyan

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Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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