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Cobham: Upgrade to the UK MoD's Air Traffic Services

Publish date: 11/11/2010

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Cambridge Pixel to Supply Radar Tracking Solutions to Cobham for UK MOD Air Traffic Control

Cambridge Pixel (, a developer of primary radar, acquisition, processing and display solutions, has won a contract to supply its SPx Track primary radar tracking software to Cobham ( as part of a major upgrade to part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Traffic Services.

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Under the prime contract, Cobham will replace legacy systems with its RDSTrack product and provide ongoing support.

Intended to be fully operational in March 2011, the new system will enable access to surveillance data from remote sites for the purpose of providing Air Traffic Control, Royal Navy Fighter Control and Range Safety Services.

Cambridge Pixel’s SPx Track solution allows video data from the radar to be processed and potential targets to be identified.

Target information is then provided to Cobham’s RDSTrack data fusion and distribution system to form a complete situational awareness display. Tony Bushnell, chief engineer at Cobham Aviation Services UK, said: “Based on past experience we were confident in Cambridge Pixel's ability to deliver an advanced product and to support us in our integration programme. Over the course of the programme they have delivered on our expectations.” David Johnson, managing director of Cambridge Pixel, said: “We are pleased to be working with Cobham on this important MOD upgrade program. The feature set of our tracking software has allowed us to provide enhancements to the Watchman radar processing to support detection of surface and air targets in complex clutter environments.”
SPx Track solution is a part of Cambridge Pixel’s world leading SPx suite of software libraries and applications that provide systems integrators with highly flexible, ready-to-run software products for radar visualisation, radar video distribution, plot extraction and target tracking.
Cambridge Pixel’s engineering team has decades of experience of developing complex radar processing and display systems for naval, air traffic control, vessel traffic, security and airborne radar applications. Customers include, among others, BAE Systems, Barco, Cobham, DRS, Frontier Electronic Systems, Navantia and Northrop Grumman.