Foliage penetrating radars for IAF

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    IAF is now planning to acquire foliage penetrating radars to deploy in Maoist-hit areas under thick forest cover. “Technology is the key to solving this (Maoist) problem…
    the IAF is in the process of acquiring sophisticated equipment for better surveillance capability in thick forests,” Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said here on Wednesday

    Chhattisgarh attack Live: Air Force to up surveillance in Naxal areas - Firstpost
     
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    OLD news about evaluation


    In the new system being evaluated, a Saab CARABAS radar, fitted in a Dhruv helicopter, does an aerial scan of the area in which security forces will be operating. The CARABAS radar is specially designed to detect metallic components of an IED, even when it is buried 5-6 metres below the ground. A computer quickly compares the image of each flight with the images of the previous flight over that area; any new metallic objects are highlighted, and their exact location mapped. Armed with that information, a bomb disposal team is sent to defuse the IED harmlessly.

    Best of all, the exceptionally low frequency waves from the CARABAS radar ignores vegetation, reflecting only off man-made objects. This is especially useful in jungle terrain, where the dense foliage provides both visual and electro-magnetic cover. Naxal IED tactics involve burying IEDs several feet deep, sometimes under tarmac roads; such a system would detect even the deep-buried IEDs, which conventional, hand-held scanners, and even sniffer dogs, often cannot pick up.

    “We have provided a radar at the request of the DRDO”, says Inderjit Sial, the India head of Saab International India AB. “The DRDO will integrate it on the Dhruv ALH and then evaluation trials will be conducted. There is also a lighter version of the radar which can be flown on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).”

    The helicopter-mounted CARABAS radar weighs about 150 kg. The smaller version of the radar, which has been developed for UAVs, weighs just 50 kg.

    Saab believes that this surveillance platform has a very high potential in India. The company has indicated that, if India chooses to deploy the CARABAS/Dhruv platform, Saab would set up its global manufacturing hub for the radar in India.

    The DRDO, is carefully evaluating Saab’s offer. Confirming to Business Standard that it is evaluating a foreign foliage penetration radar, the DRDO spokesperson stated, “We are seeking foreign collaboration in this field. Talks are actively on… but we have not yet made a final decision.”

    A key challenge the DRDO faces in integrating the CARABAS low-frequency radar on a UAV, or on the Dhruv helicopter, is the unusual shape and large size of the radar antennae, which look like two long poles. A place on the flying platform will have to be found for these antennae.
    Broadsword: Helicopter-mounted radar to tackle Naxal IEDs
     
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    well this is great system, specially for IEDs.
     
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    No radar technology would ever compensate for complete lack of "reliable HUMINT" on the ground.

    Regarding Radars, IAI provided radars mounted on our UCAV's could have performed, had they been appropriately modified for this type of terrain. I saw a link to that effect; would share that shortly.
     
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    would not an IR device be more effective.
     
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    Will Moasit attacks using IED's
     
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    can we have satellite using that tech, all people had to do is download the latest image in their area specially for land mines and even to identify ambush. This will be helpful at the time of war with our Pakistan and China as this will show their hidden missile TEL, we will then send our fighter to take them out or even our artillery and missiles to take them out.


    So IMHO i think 100% funding should be given to this project to get satellites in orbit with this tech.
     
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    What is the resolution of satellite radars compared to airborne systems? What is the capability of India's satellites for radar?
     
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    DARPA-FORESTER

    DARPA FORESTER - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    http://www.srcinc.com/uploadedFiles/src/what-we-do/62-FORESTER.pdf

    This can also be useful but Uncle Sam is not ready to share this tech with us.
    ‘India’s radar technology on a par with counterparts’ - The New Indian Express
     
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