DeTect corporate headquarters in Panama City, Florida USAIntelligent Radar ...

DeTect, Inc. specializes in applied, intelligent radar and related remote sensing technologies and systems for aviation safety, security and surveillance, drone defense, environmental protection, and renewable energy with over 280 radar systems installed and operating to date worldwide.

DeTect Radar & Other Sensor 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 a company-owned engineering and manufacturing facility in Florida and offices in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) and London, England. The company also has sales and technical support staff based throughout the US, Canada and Europe and representative offices in over 80 countries to support its customers and installations worldwide.

DeTect continues to advance radar and specialized sensor technologies. The company is the world leader in advanced bird radar technologies for real-time aircraft birdstrike avoidance, wind energy bird mortality risk assessment and mitigation, and industrial bird control with over 140 of its MERLIN bird radars operating in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. The radar processing technology in MERLIN, developed specifically for reliable detection and tracking of small, non-cooperative, low radar-cross section, non-linearly moving targets, is also used in DeTect's HARRIER Security and Surveillance Radar making it one of the most sensitive, low cost radar systems on the market today for airspace and marine security applications including drone and UAV detection and defense, Ground Based Sense-and-Avoid (GBSAA) and virtual air traffic control. In 2012, DeTect also deployed the first radar-activated windfarm turbine obstruction lighting system in the US - a HARRIER Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) - that provides automated activation of wind turbine obstruction lights when aircraft are detected within a specified distance of the wind farm. In 2016, DeTect has expanded its drone surveillance capabilities with the launch of its DroneWatcher system that includes an Android application, DroneWatcher AP, that makes a smartphone or tablet into a short range drone detector. DroneWatcher also includes an advanced radiofrequency (RF) sensor, DroneWatcher RF, for longer range detection, tracking, identification and interdiction of drones and small UAVs. Combined, the HARRIER Drone Surveillance Radar and DroneWatcher APP and RF provide the highest level of multi-layer comprehensive, multi-layer drone defense available.

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, security, 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 20,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space in Florida 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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August 9-11, 2016 - American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) 2016 Birdstrike Committee USA, Chicago, Illinois USA - DeTect exhibit of MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar System technologies (conference website)

September 12-15, 2016 - American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) 62nd Annual Seminar and exhibits, Orlando, Florida USA - Exhibit of DeTect DroneWatcher and HARRIER Security and Surveillance Radar technologies (information)

September 27-30, 2016 - European Wind Energy Association Wind Energy Conference, Hamburg, Germany - Exhibit of DeTect MERLIN Avian Radar System technology for wind farm bird and bat risk assessment and mitigation and HARRIER Aircraft Detection Lighting System for radar-activated obstruction lighting (conference website)

September 27-28, 2016 - Airport Security 2016, London Heathrow Airport, London, England - DeTect exhibit of HARRIER Security and Surveillance Radar and DroneWatcher products for drone and small UAV detection and defense at airports (information)


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).


July 18, 2016 - NBC TV Affiliate WJHG News Story on DroneWatcher APP - The local Panama City NBC affiliate WJHG discusses DeTect's DroneWatcher APP and how it could be used to reduce drone collision risk to helicopters and other low flying aircraft (on-line video).

July 15, 2016 - DeTect releases power management upgrade to the DroneWatcher APP - Version 2.5 improves power consumption for the DroneWatcher AP that turns a smartphone or tablet into a local or wide-area, crowdsourced detector for over 95% of consumer drones and small UAVs. The app is available for Android devices and tablets free on Google Play at

July 1, 2016 - Israeli Homeland Security Magazine Publishes Article on DroneWatcher - iHLS on-line magazine has issued an article on DroneWatcher in which it notes that the DroneWatcher APP, "together with DeTect's DroneWatcher RF and HARRIER Drone Surveillance Radar, could be perhaps the most comprehensive and thorough drone detection solution on the market". (full article online).

June 28, 2016 - DeTect Puts a Drone Detector in Your Pocket - Drone Life on-line magazine has published an article on DeTect's DroneWatcher APP as a security solution for public events such as concerts and fairs, as well as sporting events such as NASCAR races, golf tournaments and stadium sports (full article).

June 23, 2016 - DeTect, Inc. Releases Drone Detection App for Android Smartphones and Tablets on Google Play - DeTect today announced the release of the public version of the DroneWatcher app that makes smartphones and tablets using the Android operating system into detectors for consumer drones and small unmanned aerial vehicles (see full release). The DroneWatcher APP detects, tracks, alerts and records information on 95% of commercially available drones using advanced signals intelligence technology developed by DeTect. Combined with DeTect's DroneWatcher RF and HARRIER Drone Surveillance Radar, the technology provides the most comprehensive level of drone protection and interdiction available on the market. The DroneWatcher APP can be downloaded for free on Google Play (Google Play download).

June 21, 2016 - Ashgabat Airport in Turkmenistan Orders MERLIN Birdstrike Radar - DeTect has received the order to supply a MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar for the Ashgabat International Airport in Turkmenistan. The system will be used to support the airport's bird control program and will be the third airport in Turkmenistan to install a MERLIN system.

May 6, 2016 - Reuters News Profiles DeTect's DroneWatcher System - Reuters UK has released a news story on DeTect's new DroneWatcher drone detection and defense technology that was premiered at the Counter Terror Expo in London in April (view video)

February 24, 2016 - Turkmenabat Airport in Turkmenistan Orders MERLIN Birdstrike Radar - DeTect has received the order to supply a MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar for the Turkmenabat Airport. The system will be used to support the airport's bird control program and will be the second airport in Turkmenistan to install a MERLIN system.

February 10, 2016 - DeTect Presents Paper at the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Conference in Delgany, Wicklow, Ireland - Dr. Karen Voltura of DeTect presented an invited paper on Advantages and Constraints of Avian Radar Data for Assessment and Mitigation of Avian Mortality at Wind Farms at the conference focusing on Advances in Technology and Analysis in Ecological Assessment.

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