Horizon Technologies is promoting its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system for detecting and monitoring of satellite phone signals.
The technology is based on the usage of mini drones and can turn a wide range of aircraft into signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection platforms.
“FlyingFish is based on dual-use technology, not covered by International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), although a UK commercial export licence is required. More than 30 FlyingFish systems are currently in operation, mainly with NATO nations and contractors, including on Marseilles-based Air Attack Technology’s Cessna 550 Citation II (N2734K), which was expected to come to Le Bourget but suffered minor damage in a ground-handling incident and was under repair during show week. Air Attack has a number of government contracts, which also take precedence over air show appearances,” Flightglobal reported.
Satellite phones are the communications method of choice for terrorists and smugglers in many parts of the world. This technilogy will ease monitoring of large areas and will allow to boost counter-insergency capabilities of the armed forces across battling terrorists and other bad actors.