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Moog to build Tarsier FOD detection system

31st December 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Moog has received a research, development and evaluation contract led by the US Navy to build and deploy its Tarsier automatic runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection system for the US Marine Corps.

Work on this contract started in November at US Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, under the NAVAIR/USMC contract which covers fabrication, testing, certification, data delivery and verification support services. The contract also includes an option for an installation at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.

FOD, from litter and wildlife to aircraft parts, poses a threat to aircraft on the runway. Tarsier's advanced, all-weather technology radar system scans for FOD and alerts airport operators of potentially dangerous objects. It can carry out runway inspection even in inclement and harsh weather, during sandstorms or in fog down to zero visibility conditions.

Tarsier's advanced digital signal processing accurately identifies and confirms debris eliminating false alarms. The system is able to detect metal, plastic, rubber, glass and organic matter, with status information relayed to airport operators through a single intuitive graphical display.

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