DeTect corporate headquarters in Panama City, Florida USAApplied Radar Technologies ...

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 installation  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 140 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 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.

Product applications:


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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February 10-11, 2015 - DeTect MERLIN User Training, Heathrow Airport Hilton, London, England - 2 day user training class for prospective and current MERLIN system users (contact for information)

February 15-18, 2015 - 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo/CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference, Denver, Colorado USA - DeTect presentation and exhibit of its MERLIN Bird Control Radar System technology for automated bird control at mining and industrial facilities (conference website)

March 10-13, 2015 - 2015 Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts, Berlin, Germany - DeTect paper and exhibit on the MERLIN Avian Radar System SCADA bird mortality risk mitigation technology (conference website)

March 10-12, 2015 - EWEA Offshore 2015 Wind Energy Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark - DeTect exhibit of MERLIN Avian Radar System technology for wind energy projects (conference website)

April 22-23, 2015 - InterMET Asia, Singapore - DeTect exhibit of RAPTOR Radar Wind Profiler technologies for meteorology and weather forecasting applications (conference website)

May 18-21, 2015 - WINDPOWER 2015, Orlando, Florida USA - DeTect exhibit of MERLIN Avian Radar Systems and HARRIER Visual Warning Systems for wind energy projects (conference website)

May 18-20, 2015 - Airports Council International Europe's Regional Conference 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland - Exhibit of MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance System technologies (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).


February 3, 2015 - IEEE Spectrum Publishes Drone Radar Article Featuring DeTect - The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) today published an article featuring DeTect's Chief Technology Officer, T. Adam Kelly, who discusses how specialized radar systems such as DeTect's HARRIER ASR can be used to reliably detect, track and identify small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The article also discusses the HARRIER's specialized capabilities to distinguish small drones from similarly sized bird targets (read full article)

January 28, 2015 - DeTect's HARRIER Radar Profiled by NBC News as Solution for Small Drone Detection - WJHG local NBC news affiliate featured DeTect's radar technology as a solution to prevent small unmanned aerial vehicle incursions (watch video)

November 15, 2014 - DeTect Releases Updated MERLIN Avian Radar System Catalog for Wind Energy Applications - DeTect has released its 2015 MERLIN bird radar system catalog for wind energy related projects. The updated 50 page document includes information on use of the MERLIN technology for wind energy project pre-construction survey, operational monitoring and real-time bird mortality risk mitigation (request the catalog)

October 1, 2013 - Airport Improvement Magazine Publishes Article on DeTect's HARRIER Air Surveillance Radar - AIM has published an article by Dr. David Byers of Quadrex Aviation on the Synthetic Air Traffic Advisory System (SATAS) which uses DeTect's HARRIER ASR for virtual air traffic control at small airports (link to article).

September 18, 2014 - DeTect introduces leasing program for MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar Systems - DeTect, Inc., through a partnership with a major national leasing firm DeTect, now offers competitive operating lease and lease-purchase financing to US airports for its MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar system that includes the system, delivery, installation, operational integration and operations and maintenance (PR Web News Release).

July 14, 2014 - CATEC Atlas Range in Spain Initiates UAV Flights Using DeTect HARRIER ASR - The CATEC (Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies) Atlas (Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Systems) center has formally opened for small UAV testing. Located near the town of Villacarillo in Jaen province Spain, the range includes dedicated airspace and a control tower equipped with a DeTect HARRIER S200d Air Surveillance Radar that provides vehicle tracking, airspace intrusion monitoring and warning of large-bird activity that could impact UAV operations (more information).

June 10, 2014 - US Navy Orders MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar for the Townsend Bombing Range, Georgia USA - The US Navy has ordered MERLIN system for the Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia. The system will provide continuous detection, tracking and warning of hazardous bird activity in support of US military precision-guided weapons and other advanced weaponry in readiness training. Townsend is also the East Coast hub for Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTACs) training.

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