ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), the world's first Optical Radar, is a wide area optical search system proven to operate up to Sea State 6. ViDAR autonomously finds objects on the surface of the ocean over vastly greater areas than traditional search methods. ViDAR operates optically so it is unaffected by white caps and other effects that impact technology such as radar.

Day and Night, ViDAR is able to detect objects that are very small – much beyond the capability of the human eye – to dramatically extend the coverage of the aircraft in a broad range of search missions including search and rescue, illegal fishing, counter narcotics and maritime security. ViDAR is in use today with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Royal Australian Navy, US Coast Guard and many other agencies and forces.


ViDAR provides over 300x greater ocean search coverage compared with existing EO/IR systems

Low size, weight and power system with easy integration options for different aircraft types

ViDAR continuously scans the ocean in front of the aircraft and autonomously detects all objects on the ocean surface

ViDAR presents the operator with an image and location coordinate of each object enabling selection to cross-cue the aircraft primary sensor.

ViDAR has been extensively evaluated in a wide range of sea states

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Small form factor IR optical radar

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