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….. Horizon Technologies, headquartered in London but with offices in Reading, Washington DC, and Munich, will be showing off its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system. FlyingFish is Horizon’s third-generation signals intelligence(SIGINT) solution for manned and unmanned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. It enables governments to passively monitor satellite phone communications from airborne ISR platforms.
Being a UK commercial-off-the-shelf(COTS) product and not being affected by international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR), it is bound to attract a lot of attention. The main advantage of FlyingFish as an airborne system is increased interception ranges, up to 250 miles (400km) of the satellite terminal uplink due to better line-of-sight. It can be integrated on both manned and unmanned aircraft.
FlyingFish is the key sensor used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) and Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – for refugee rescue in the Mediterranean. More than 30 systems are flying with NATO and non-NATO customers. Due to its passive nature, FlyingFish was instrumental in shutting down East African piracy in 2015-2016.
At London’s DSEI in mid-September, Horizon announced it had received two FlyingFish orders from international customers, which would be delivered by the en of the year. A spokesperson said; “The advent of Horizon Technologies’ new Xtender technology has allowed us to modify the radio frequency front-end of our FlyingFish SIGINT system. This opens up a host of new applications and allows us to enter new markets – small UAVs, pod-mounted aircraft systems, and even nanosats in space.
Horizon Technologies director, John Beckner, pointed out: “Customer response to Xtender has been overwhelming and customers are continuing to find new ways to utilize this technology. Together with our partner, Mace Aviation, we are proud to launch our Xpod series of plug-and-play ISR/SIGINT system”
The Xpod comes in two versions; one for C – 130 users and the other for smaller options like King Air/Caravan ISR aircraft. It can turn most aircraft into an ISR platform within hours, with no modifications to the aircraft.