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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.


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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.
 

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