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AUVSI 2016: Sentient pushes ahead with ViDAR

27th April 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


Sentient Vision Systems are continuing with their development of the Kestrel maritime ViDAR software, and revealed that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will deploy a ScanEagle UAS equipped with the system in the near future.

The RAN had previously trialled the Kestrel ViDAR optical detection system in November 2015, which Sentient say is capable of covering up to 80 times the previous maritime patrol area in a single sortie. Instead of a traditional ‘soda-straw’ from the aircraft-mounted sensor, the system uses a group of systems to provide up to 180 degree coverage.

Flying from HMAS Albatross near New South Wales …

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