ART Midrange CS&VTS

ART Midrange CS & VTS is a high-resolution radar system designed to address the demands of the Security and Defense markets in two key applications: blue border surveillance / coastal critical infrastructure protection and marine traffic monitoring (Vessel Traffic Service or VTS).

With an instrumental detection range of 6 or 12 nautical miles, ART Midrange CS & VTS provides constant 24/7 wide area surveillance thus becoming a key element for blue border surveillance or the protection of coastal critical assets. ART Midrange detects and tracks small boats during their approach to coastal critical infrastructure security perimeters, such as harbors or refineries, thus providing an invaluable early warning of the potential threat. The system maintains a high probability of detection for demanding targets such as inflatable or wooden low-profile boats while keeping an overall low false alarm rate. ART Midrange CS & VTS features a state-of-the-art radar processor that can also provide simultaneous ground surveillance (ground target detection and tracking).

ART Midrange CS & VTS adaptive detection and track-before-detect algorithms are the result of more than 10 years of experimental R&D in the field of sea clutter mitigation techniques. As a consequence of this deep theoretical and empirical understanding of radar sea backscatter, ART Midrange CS & VTS exceeds the nominal performance specifications for a VTS radar system (basic, standard and even certain aspects of advanced IALA V-128 recommendation profiles).

The use of external sources of knowledge across all the levels of the system (geographic information, historic intrusion data) guarantees a high detection probability and false alarm rejection even in strong ground clutter environments (knowledge-aided sensor signal processing).

The ease of integration is another key benefit of ART Midrange CS & VTS. An internal Gigabit Ethernet Switch, external optronic platform interfaces or the broad range of communication protocols available (NMEA0183, XML-based, ASTERIX), are some of the characteristics that allow a straightforward integration of the radar within a sensor network or preexisting security infrastructure.

Designed to improve the efficiency of its end users (Border Guards/CIP Security Services/Public Law Enforcement Services/Merchant Marine Coastal Surveillance), ART Midrange CS & VTS features fully automatic operation (suitable for non-trained operators), remote management and is cost effective both for large and small scale deployments.

Type Wideband coherent Doppler CWLFM
Low Probability of Interception (LPI)
Frequency Band Ku
Bandwidth 1 GHz
Elevation Control

+/‐ 5 degrees

Input Power

24 VDC (other options available)

RF Transmission Masking

Configurable azimuthal no RF transmission sectors


70 cm (diameter) x 70 cm (height)
(complete system: sensor, processor and comms)


40 Kg


Extended temperature range of operation
(-25ºC to +50ºC)
Weather resistant sealing


Instrumental Detection Range 6 or 12 nautical miles
Azimuth Coverage 360 degrees
Detection Range (RCS = 0.5 m2) 2 nautical miles
Detection Range (RCS = 3 m2) 5 nautical miles
Scan Rate 60 rpm (configurable)
Range Resolution 1 meter – 0.2 meter (configurable)
Range Accuracy 0.25 meter – 0.05 meter
  • Coherent integration - Doppler processing
  • Frequency agility
  • Knowledge-based radar signal processing
  • Adaptive sea clutter mitigation
  • Track-before-detect


C3 Fully remote operation, configuration and
management. Extended built-in-test data.
Communications TCP/IP over Ethernet
Internal industrial grade Gigabit Ethernet switch
Protocol XML-based or NMEA0183. Easy integration into existing security
Output Data Intruder location, intruder type, intruder bearing
External connectors
(MIL DTL-38999)
1x operation (VDC, Ethernet, RS-232)
2x camera / external sensor integration
(VDC output, Ethernet)


Alternative operation modes Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging
Doppler signature extraction
Digital raw radar video streaming
Customization options External connectors
Radome color
(Additional options upon customer request)


Key Facts

  • Applications

    • Coastal / blue border surveillance
    • Coastal critical asset protection (harbors, refineries)
    • Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)
    • Inland waterway surveillance


    • IALA compliant
    • Wide area surveillance
    • Fast scan rate
    • Low false alarm rate
    • Automatic target detection & tracking
    • Network enabled
    • Compact weather sealed unit
    • Cost effective


    • Broadband FMCW waveform
    • Coherent Doppler processing
    • State-of-the-art adaptive sea clutter mitigation techniques
    • Knowledge-based radar signal processing
    • Software defined radar architecture: field upgradable



Company Information

  • ADVANCED RADAR TECHNOLOGIES S.A - ART is the leading Spanish technology company in high performance ground surveillance radars, integrated multisensor surveillance and command & control systems for critical infrastructure protection and border surveillance.

    ART business model is based on more than 20 years of innovation in radar, millimeter-wave technology and systems engineering. The core research and development team of the company comes from the Microwave and Radar Research Group of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), with extensive experience developing radar and microwave solutions in close cooperation with key players in the Spanish and European Defense & Aerospace Industry. The systems engineering team of ART offers an experience of fifteen years working in the development and deployment of the pioneer Spanish Maritime Border Surveillance System (SIVE) and several other surveillance systems in Eastern Europe.