in Defence / Security

Horizon Technologies releases BlackFish

Posted 3 August 2021

Horizon Aerospace Technologies has announced the release of a new airborne SIGINT product, BlackFish, a small airborne qualified, tri-band Sat Phone SIGINT system, which simultaneously monitors the Iridium, Thuraya and Inmarsat (IsatPhone Pro) Sat Phone networks.

Image Horizon Technologies

Due to its small size and weight (8kg), it is ideal for fixed and rotary wing manned and unmanned aircraft. Horizon Technologies’ CEO John Beckner said: “Horizon Technologies has been listening to our customers who want smaller, lighter systems and the ability to simultaneously monitor multiple Sat Phone networks. They also want a common SIGINT product across manned aircraft and UAVs. BlackFish is the answer to these requirements and like all our products is non-ITAR.”

BlackFish uses state-of-the-art technology and is based on a Software Defined Radio (SDR), equipped with powerful CPU and GPU processing capacity, a passively cooled system ensuring maximal reliability and performance. The system has no moving parts which ensures high reliability during operation in extreme conditions. It is fully qualified to DO-160. BlackFish is a completely self-contained Sat Phone monitoring system; it does not require any external peripherals like external RF switching and complex cabling or multiple antennas which impacts the overall reliability of the system. The highly sensitive L-band receiver front-end targets Sat Phone communications and the system offers maximum out of band rejection of interference frequencies while being broadband and having an excellent dynamic range to handle near-far radio scenarios. With our proprietary software, it can be easily integrated into aircraft tactical mission systems to look like one of many ISR sensors.

BlackFish is now in production and Beckner announced: “We will have an actual production version at our stand at DSEI 14-17 September 2021 and will be demonstrating the system’s capabilities. While we are still supporting our legacy FlyingFish products, BlackFish is now our flagship product and we are excited to be selling it to our worldwide government end users in support of their expanding ISR requirements.” Beckner added, “We have demo units available for evaluation anywhere worldwide and we look forward to engaging with our current and future customers to introduce BlackFish as the 'go to' Sat Phone SIGINT solution.”

Horizon Aerospace Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Horizon Technologies, which recently completed its Series A funding round with Maven Capital Partners and Virgin Money.

Other Stories
Latest News

Catagen gets BEIS backing to accelerate bio-hydrogen production

Belfast based zero emissions and air quality technology company, Catagen, has been awarded a new grant by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio

British Army kit advancing in step with new materials

Advances in technology are driving change when it comes to the clothing worn by British soldiers, so the next time you see one of our service personnel in uniform, be assured that from head-to-toe everything they are wearing is real high

QinetiQ wins $45m US Army contract

QinetiQ Group plc has won a contract worth $45 million to provide technical services to the US Army.

Space-Comm Expo to boost commercial space development

The UK's largest exhibition focused on the future of space for business, defence and aerospace, Space-Comm Expo, will further boost a global commercial space industry that is already growing exponentially, with over 130

Behind the scenes with the UK’s largest regional airline

If you have ever wondered what really happens in an airline beyond take-offs and landings, a new 10-part BBC series launching next Monday will offer an exclusive insight into the lives of the younger members of the team at Loganair, the

Smiths Detection and Block to develop non-contact chemical detection for US DoD

Smiths Detection Inc., alongside Block MEMS, LLC (Block), has been selected by The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense to develop a

ODU SK0106300622
See us at
GlobalMilSatCom BT2006101122Advanced Engin BT2504031122Future Arm Vehicles Power Systems BTDVD BT2704220922