Horizon Technologies and Airborne Technologies GmbH have agreed to work together on the design of surveillance pods specifically geared toward the ISR market to carry the successor of the well-known FlyingFish™ satellite intercept system, BlackFish™.
This marks another interesting addition to the Airborne Technologies’ SCAR-Pod family for day and night ISR missions. The agreement will cover both rotary and fixed-wing applications and is in line with the other SCAR-pod systems to allow a quick install/remove capability, in addition to being swapable between aircraft.
Horizon Technologies and Airborne Technologies are immediately available to provide helicopter and fixed-wing installations of BlackFish™ and, in early 2022, will start offering their integration in the standard SCAR-Pods as well as its dedicated BlackFish™ SCAR-Pod.
Airborne Technologies delivers flexible airborne solutions, offering services ranging from the aircraft integration of airborne remote sensors to the development of customized ISR SCAR-pods; all certified to EASA standards and delivered with a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) as well as DO-160 compliance. Airborne Technologies uses their engineering and testing capability on the company’s own fleet of aircraft to conduct integration trials and, together with Horizon Technologies, can demonstrate the system to potential customers.
Horizon Technologies is a leader in airborne satellite phone monitoring systems for ISR applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. They are the OEM for the FlyingFish™ system, which operates on numerous ISR aircraft worldwide, including NATO and FRONTEX. In 2022, Horizon Technologies, as part of a public/private partnership with the UK Government, will launch the first of their AMBER™ commercial SIGINT smallsats to provide customers with an enhanced Maritime Intelligence Data Service based in space
“For Horizon Technologies, this fills a gap in our system offerings to our customers; especially in the Mid-East and Asia,” said John Beckner, CEO of Horizon Technologies. “We have been looking to partner with an EASA certified design, production, and installation company, for the simple reason that an EASA or FAA certified installation is a must these days. Couple that with Airborne Technologies’ LINX Mission Management Unit and we can now offer a totally integrated BlackFish™ system.”
“At Airborne Technologies we are very capable of providing EASA certified fixed installations,” said Wolfgang Grumeth, CEO of Airborne Technologies. “A fixed installation of the new BlackFish™ system is no problem for us, but now being able to install and integrate it into any of our existing SCAR-Pods is definitely a big step forward in offering our customers a total podded ISR capability. The BlackFish™ technology, coupled with other ISR sensors, will dramatically enhance the success of both search-and-rescue operations, as well as provide early detection of illegal activities like smuggling, narcotics and human trade.”