The world’s first Optical Radar


(Visual Detection and Ranging)

ViDAR is an airborne persistent wide area maritime search system that autonomously detects objects on the ocean surface and provides the operator with a detailed image of objects that other search methods often miss.

“ViDAR provides over 80 times the area coverage compared with existing EO/IR systems”


ViDAR consists of single or multiple 9-megapixel secondary sensor(s) and onboard automation software designed to automatically detect objects on the ocean in real time. The 9 megapixel sensors operate akin to an airborne radar, but in the visual domain, by sending objects detected to the operator for further analysis by the aircraft’s primary sensor.

    • ViDAR fits into ScanEagle as a modular slice that comprises a high-resolution digital camera that continuously scans the ocean in a 180-degree arc in front of the air vehicle.


    • ViDAR autonomously detects any object on the surface of the ocean, providing the ground
      control station with an image and location coordinate of each object detected in real time.


    • Selection of one of these images automatically cross-cues the primary sensor to objects of interest for closer inspection.



    •  20NM search swath
    • Over 13,360NM2 of ocean coverage in 12hrs at 60kts
    • Low SWaP addition to small/tactical UAS

Extensively demonstrated with:

    • US Coast Guard
    • UK Royal Navy Unmanned Warrior 2016 exercise


Operational service with:

    • Royal Australian Navy



ViDAR GUI in action


Small and  Tactical UAVs

Payload and bandwidth constraints have previously denied small or tactical UAVs the ability to carry effective search sensors, confining them to surveillance over already identified targets.

ViDAR’s light, compact design enables integration with airframes as small as the Insitu ScanEagle. Its onboard processing system ensures only detected targets are transmitted for analysis, dramatically reducing bandwidth requirements. ViDAR gives small and tactical UAVs a true search functionality, transforming its utility.

Low Altitude Manned Aircraft and Helicopters

Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) factors define the capability and cost-effectiveness of low altitude manned aircraft and helicopters.

ViDAR’s small footprint provides a payload-friendly, cost-effective solution, easily integrated with existing airframes and compatible with most commercially available sensors. ViDAR can be configured and adapted for missions such as SAR, counter narcotics, counter piracy and illegal fishing.

High Altitude Manned/Unmanned Aircraft

ViDAR complements systems on high altitude/long endurance aircraft such as the P8, P3 and Triton UAS. Providing passive detection at higher altitudes, ViDAR enables surveillance assets to remain covert, and on flight profiles that maximise their endurance and performance.