READING, UK— On 2 August 2021 Horizon Aerospace Technologies (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Horizon Technologies) announced the release of a new airborne SIGINT product: BlackFish™ a small airborne qualified, Sat Phone SIGINT system which simultaneously monitors the Iridium, Thuraya, and Inmarsat (IsatPhone Pro) Sat Phone networks. Due to its small size and weight (8kg), it is ideal for fixed and rotary wing manned and unmanned aircraft. Horizon Technologies’ CEO John Beckner said, “Horizon Technologies has been listening to our customers who want smaller, lighter systems and the ability to simultaneously monitor multiple Sat Phone networks. They also want a common SIGINT product across manned aircraft and UAVs. BlackFish™ is the answer to these requirements and like all our products is non-ITAR.”
BlackFish™ uses state-of-the-art technology, and is based on a Software Defined Radio (SDR), equipped with powerful CPU and GPU processing capacity, a passively cooled system ensuring maximal reliability and performance. The system has no moving parts which ensures high reliability during operation in extreme conditions. It is fully qualified to DO-160. BlackFish™ is a completely self-contained Sat Phone monitoring system; it doesn’t require any external peripherals like external RF switching and complex cabling or multiple antennas which impacts the overall reliability of the system. The highly sensitive L-band receiver front-end targets Sat Phone communications, and the system offers maximum out of band rejection of interference frequencies while being broadband, and having an excellent dynamic range to handle near-far radio scenarios. With our proprietary software, it can be easily integrated into aircraft tactical mission systems to look like one of many ISR sensors.
BlackFish™ is now in production, and Beckner announced “We will have an actual production version at our stand at DSEI 14-17 September 2021 (UK Pavilion: H2-958), and will be demonstrating the system’s capabilities. While we are still supporting our legacy FlyingFish™ products, BlackFish™ is now our flagship product, and we are excited to be selling it to our worldwide government end users in support of their expanding ISR requirements.” Beckner added, “We have demo units available for evaluation anywhere worldwide and we look forward to engaging with our current and future customers to introduce BlackFish™ as the “go to” Sat Phone SIGINT solution.”
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Horizon Technologies is a Global Leader in Innovative SIGINT and Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Intelligence Solutions. Horizon Technologies recently completed its Series A funding round with Maven Capital Partners and Virgin Money.
Horizon Aerospace Technologies is a world leader in airborne Sat Phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. We are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish™ BlackFish™ SIGINT systems which are in operation on numerous platforms worldwide. We participate daily in SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in the Mediterranean Sea, and are heavily involved in international operations around the globe.
Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the UK Government’s Amber™ program. The Amber™ Program will consist of Amber™ CubeSats in multiple orbital planes providing global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data to NMIC (led by the Royal Navy).