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High Frequency Surface Wave Radar


Raytheon's High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) is designed to provide surveillance of ship traffic over the 200 nautical miles of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to track vessel patterns and potentially identify illegal fishing vessels. HFSWR is an unmanned shore-based radar system that detects vessels and is designed for signal transmission, target detection, tracking, interference suppression and common frequency operation.

Cost-effective: This radar system minimizes the need for costly patrols over large expanses of marine protected areas and EEZs. This platform is particularly attractive for nations that have limited resources and a large EEZ, making manned patrols an expensive investment. After being triggered by the radar system, patrols can be sent out only when necessary.

Currently in use providing surveillance for Canada’s EEZ, the Indian Ocean and the Black Sea.
  • Company: Raytheon

  • Type: Radar Technologies

  • Direct Cost:

  • Indirect Cost: Option to use multiple radar systems

  • Link: Product Website

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