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DeTect, Inc. specializes in applied radar remote sensing technologies and systems for aviation safety, security and surveillance, environmental protection, wind energy, weather and wind measurement supporting projects worldwide with over 250 radar systems installed and operating to date.

DeTect Radar Products:

wind profiler radar installtion at the Bangkok airport in Thailand
DeTect is a fully integrated radar company headquartered in Panama City, Florida, USA with company-owned manufacturing facilities in Florida and Colorado and additional offices in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area); Montreal, Canada; and, London, England. The company additionally has technical support staff based throughout the US, Canada and Europe and representative offices in over 80 countries to support its customers and installations worldwide. The company is the world leader in advanced bird radar technologies for real-time aircraft birdstrike avoidance, wind energy bird and bat mortality risk mitigation, and industrial bird control with over 120 of its MERLIN bird radars installed in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Company's RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler is the most advanced wind measurement radar available and and was selected by the US National Weather Service for upgrade of the US Next Generation National Profiler Network. DeTect additionally in 2012 deployed the first radar-activated windfarm turbine obstruction lighting system in the US - a HARRIER Visual Warning System - that provides automated activation of wind turbine obstruction lights when aircraft are detected within ten miles of the wind farm.

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MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar Bagram Airbase AfghanistanDeTect's professional staff resources include experienced engineers, scientists, aviation safety specialists, meteorologists and technicians that are experts in remote sensing, radar engineering, system integration, operation and environmental management. Specialized expertise includes BASH (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard) and wind energy avian risk assessment and management with unique application support from leading radar engineers, software developers, ornithologists, biologists and scientists that provide DeTect clients with the most experienced team of experts in remote sensing of birds and bats in the world.

DeTect Colorado electronics manufacturing facilityCompany facilities include over 30,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space in Florida and Colorado to support design, development, assembly, testing and support of advanced radar systems. Research resources include radar airport test sites for systems, components and software development, testing and calibration. DeTect radar systems are built to industrial and military (MILSPEC), European Union (EU CE Mark) and other international standards and incorporate commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) components where possible in order to provide our customers with high performance, competitive cost of acquisition, low O&M, and ongoing technology insertion and upgrade opportunities over the life of the system.


HARRIER Air Surveillance Radar used by Boeing Insitu Group for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle airspace sense-and-avoid supportDeTect radar systems are in use at facilities and projects worldwide with a proven record of exceptional performance, reliability and operability and over five million hours of successful operating experience on systems operating since 2003. The US Air Force has purchased seven MERLIN systems to date based on a documented record of improved aircrew safety, reducing aircraft-birdstrike damage and increasing mission readiness. NASA, after evaluation and on-site testing of various bird radar technologies, selected DeTect's MERLIN system to support space launch safety for the $2 billion space shuttle for 22 launches from 2006 to the end of the program in 2011 with 100% system uptime.

DeTect's radar application experts provide full system integration and operation support for its radar productsWith DeTect, customers are getting more than a radar system - as a fully integrated company DeTect provides comprehensive application support with each system that includes full concept-of-operations (CONOPS) development, human factors design, system operational integration, site-specific operation user training and long-term 24-7 support. Each system is supported by DeTect's team of application specialists who have extensive backgrounds and experience in radar systems design, manufacture, siting and, most importantly, integration and use of the technology in the real-world environment with effective user interfaces to meet each customer's specific business operational requirement.



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April 1-6, 2014 - Sun'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo, Lakeland, Florida USA - DeTect demonstration of HARRIER Air Surveillance Radar as part of the SATAS virtual tower project (event website)

May 12-14, 2014 - ACI Europe Regional Airport's Conference, Madeira, Spain - DeTect exhibit and papers on MERLIN aircraft birdstrike avoidance radar technologies (conference website)

June 11-12, 2014 - Renewable UK Global Offshore Wind 2014, Glasgow, Scotland UK - DeTect exhibit and paper on MERLIN Avian Radar Systems for wind energy environmental survey and mortality risk management for offshore wind farms. (conference website)

June 11-12, 2014 - METEOREX 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia - DeTect exhibit of RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler technologies (conference website)

June 17-18, 2014 - MERLIN Avian Radar Workshop, London, England UK - Two day workshop for current and potential MERLIN airport, wind energy and industrial users (contact for information)

August 11, 2014 - National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference, Atlanta, Georgia USA - DeTect exhibit and paper on RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler technologies (conference website)

August 11-14, 2014 - Bird Strike Committee USA Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia - DeTect exhibit and papers on MERLIN aircraft birdstrike avoidance radar technologies. DeTect will also host a hospitality event during the conference (conference website)


DeTect's Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS_ developed for the US Air Force

Avian Hazard Advisory System - Developed and operated by DeTect for the US Air Force, AHAS automatically processes radar data from the US NEXRAD national radar sensor network and provides real-time bird-aircraft strike risk assessments for all US military training routes, ranges for the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Korea. This system has reduced USAF bird-aircraft strikes by over 50% since start-up while increasing airspace utilization (see for more information and operational demonstration).


April 3, 2014 - DeTect Demonstrates HARRIER Air Surveillance Radar System for Virtual Tower Project at Lakeland Sun 'n Fun Fly-in - DeTect has deployed a mobile HARRIER S200d ASR system as part of the SATAS Virtual Tower Demonstration Project at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport near Orlando, Florida. The HARRIER system is providing aircraft detection and tracking with remote, real-time user display for aircraft and ultralights within 20 miles of the airport (article at AOPA website).

March 31, 2014 - DeTect Expands Panama City Florida Facilities - DeTect's corporate offices have moved to 2400 sf on the 6th floor of the Hancock Building located at 1022 West 23rd Street in Panama City. The company additionally has leased 2,000 sf of warehouse space at the PFN Industrial Park bringing the company's total operating space in Panama City to 15,000 sf.

March 12, 2014 - Saudi Arabian Aviation Agency Orders MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar System for Jazan Airport - The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today ordered a MERLIN system for the Jazan International Airport (GIZ). The Jazan installation will be the first commercial airport in the Middle east to install birdstrike prevention radar technology.

February 21, 2014 - US Air Force Offutt AFB Receives New Solid-state MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar - DeTect has completed installation and commissioning of a MERLIN SS200tm bird radar at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The new system replaces the older model MERLIN XS2530 system operating at the base since 2009 (see article at

February 13, 2014 - US Fish & Wildlife Service Launches Avian Radar Website - With funding provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is using avian radar - including two MERLIN bird radar systems - acoustic and ultrasonic monitoring, and visual bird surveys, to gain a broader picture of what is occurring on the landscape. The data is being used to define development and conservation requirements for the US Great Lakes region. (USFWS avian radar website)

January 31, 2014 - Dr. Bart Ballard of Texas A&M University Presents Study Avian Radar Migratory Study Data to Audubon Society and Sierra Club - Dr. Ballard who has conducted a study since 2007 of migratory birds along the Texas Gulf Coast using two MERLIN Avian Radar Systems presented his results in a presentation titled 'Characteristics of Bird Migration along the Lower Texas Coast' (read online)

January 28, 2014 - Portugal's Bio3 Consultancy Announces its Acquisition of a MERLIN Avian Radar System - Bio3, one of the leading environmental consultancies in Europe has announced its acquisition of a MERLIN system for its R&D Wind and Biodiversity Group. The firm has used the system since 2012 to study birds for several international studies, including onshore and offshore wind farms and at civil and military airports. (Bio3 website)

December 9, 2013 - DeTect's Avian Hazard Advisory System (AHAS) Captures Large Bird Migration on Weather Radar - The AHAS system (, developed and operated by DeTect for the US Air Force, captured a massive bird migration movement December 9th on the US National Service Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD) radar. According to DeTect's radar ornithologists, the birds, possibly Tundra swans or Eared grebes or a combination of both, can be seen as video in time lapse, processed NEXRAD radar images moving southwards off the marshes of the Great Salt lake in Utah (see the radar video).

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