UK surveillance specialist Chess Dynamics’ vehicle surveillance system, Hawkeye MMP, has demonstrated a world-leading electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance as part of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency’s (NDMA) Observation Targeting and Surveillance Systems (OTAS) project.

In meeting stringent requirements set by the NDMA, Hawkeye MMP has demonstrated its ability to meet the needs of the modern battlefield and survive, communicate and operate in the toughest electromagnetic conditions.

The unique requirements set out by the NDMA included standard EMC tests such as MIL-STD461 and specifically the precise Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse (NEMP). This was alongside more bespoke requirements to ensure compatibility with the vehicle’s existing high frequency, very high frequency and ultra-high frequency radio systems without any internal frequency interference.

Chess developed a multi-staged approach which included board-level testing, meeting UK-based EMC qualifications and complete vehicle system tests, as well as designing novel modular solutions to pass the NEMP testing at the first attempt. Steps were taken alongside the NDMA so that requirements were met while ensuring environmental and usability needs were not impacted.

Chris Henderson, Electronics Group Leader at Chess Dynamics said, “The demands of the battlefield today are increasingly complex and require adaptable, high-performance solutions. The NDMA required a technology of this kind that also met its own strict EMC requirements, and we are thrilled to have succeeded in this. This is a major achievement for Chess, and we believe this technology will be vital as resilience becomes increasingly important to surveillance capability.”

The customer said, “Chess Dynamics was able to provide a solution that passed the EMC tests, proving Hawkeye MMP’s ability to perform while remaining resilient on the battlefield. We look forward to our continued work with Chess as we look to continuously improve our surveillance capabilities.”

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About Chess Dynamics:

Chess Dynamics is a Systems House providing surveillance, fire control and special project capability for Land and Maritime domains.

Chess’ portfolio of proven surveillance and fire control solutions also includes counter-UAV (drone) protection systems, the Vision4ce branded real-time video and image processing solutions for electro-optic systems.

The company also provides a complete service including survey, installation, training, and maintenance across its entire product range, including bespoke engineering solutions.

Chess has been supplying equipment, sub-systems and systems to defence leaders and prime contractors since 2005. Chess is a subsidiary company of the Cohort group and the company is led by David Tuddenham.

Chess Dynamics is a subsidiary of Cohort plc – the independent technology group and parent company of six innovative, agile, and responsive businesses Chess, EID, ELAC SONAR, MASS, MCL and SEA, providing a wide range of services and products for domestic and international customers in defence, security and related markets.

Cohort plc was admitted to London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in March 2006. Its headquarters are in Reading, Berkshire and the Group employs around 1,000 core staff at its operating company sites across the UK, Germany, and Portugal.