Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.

Front page

Viking offers Ideas at Sea’s Wide Area Optical Radar Payload as optional equipment on the Guardian 400. (Photo: Viking Air)

Viking offers Ideas at Sea's wide area optical radar payload as optional equipment for Twin Otter Guardian 400

Announced during a World Demonstration Tour, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia is now offering Ideas at Sea's wide area optical radar payload as optional equipment on its Twin Otter Guardian 400 special mission aircraft. Viking and Ideas at Sea will immediately commence sensor integration with a view to presenting their optical radar options to customers in early 2020.

Ideas at Sea will be working with Viking's integrator and principal tour partner, Airborne Technologies of Austria, to house the Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) payload and create day/night 180-degree wide area surveillance options for operators of Viking's Guardian 400.

The ViDAR software system, supplied by Sentient Vision Systems, is a wide area optical search system consisting of high-resolution sensors coupled with onboard automation software capable of detecting small objects over significant areas, allowing operators to map vast swaths of ocean in real time and dramatically extend aircraft coverage during Search & Rescue missions.

ViDAR works autonomously to find objects on the water's surface and send a thumbnail image and location coordinates back to the Guardian's CarteNav AIMS mission system. The AIMS mission system software then processes the imagery and data from the sensors to enhance situational awareness and provide geo-referenced local operating pictures that enable the operator to initiate a slew to the object with the Hensoldt Argos EO/IR imaging turret.

Ideas at Sea offers a range of configurable integrated optical radar solutions that are tailored to specific mission requirements that customers can select from, without the additional costs associated with customizations. This provides economical semi-custom mission options while also significantly reducing ongoing sustainment and maintenance costs.

"Viking's Guardian 400 is the perfect platform for our Optical Radar solutions, and we are committed to providing cost-effective, best-in-class capability to the aircraft's operators," said David Willems, Founder and Chairman of Ideas at Sea. "We are looking forward to extending the capability of the ViDAR system already installed on the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft to include a more modular payload to better meet the wide-ranging needs of special mission operators."

"The Guardian 400 has a unique set of performance capabilities and provides incredible versatility to its customers," said Peter Walker, Viking's Global Sales Director for Special Mission Aircraft. "Ideas at Sea provides an additional complement to our existing partners through the modular configuration options their optical payload can provide, and we're excited to be able to offer these new, world-leading capabilities to our customers.'

The Guardian 400, a special mission variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, features robust design and exceptional performance capabilities perfectly suited for specialized operations in extreme environments, including ISR, maritime surveillance, SAR, parachute, medevac, and critical infrastructure support. Its unique operational flexibility in multiple mission profiles combined with its low acquisition and operating costs offers true force-multiplying economy.

Viking's Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft is currently undergoing a nine-month World Demonstration Tour that includes detailed briefings and demonstration flights in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America. The Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft will also be available for public viewing and demonstrations at the 2020 Singapore Airshow in February and the 2020 CANSEC Canadian Defence & Security Show in Ottawa during May.

Press release issued by Viking Air Ltd. on December 11, 2019


 Contact details from our directory:
Viking Air Ltd. Airframer
Ideas at Sea Reconnaissance Radar, Radar Reconnaissance Equipment
Airborne Technologies GmbH Airborne Communication Systems, Airborne Reconnaissance Infrared
Sentient Vision Systems Reconnaissance Radar


 Related aircraft programs:
Viking Twin Otter Series 400


 Related directory sectors:
Structural Components

Enhanced listings:

Beijing Dong Shengyuan Adhesive Products Co., Ltd
Beijing Dong Shengyuan Adhesive Products Co., Ltd is specialized in producing thermal spray masking tape.

Ascent Aerospace
Ascent Aerospace is the leading provider of aerospace tooling systems, assembly automation and factory integration.

Bandy Manufacturing
Bandy Manufacturing is the leading supplier of standard and custom hinges to the aerospace industry.

ESPEC North America Inc. | Qualmark
Qualmark is your industry leading manufacturer and partner for accelerated reliability testing, HALT and HASS, for all commercial and defense avionics.

Dexmet Corporation
Dexmet MicroGrid® an innovative product line that help improve the composite aircraft withstand the rigors of a lightning strike.

See our advertising tariff.


Monthly page limit exceeded. Please buy a subscription.

© Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2020. Terms & Conditions of reading. Privacy policy