The European Defence Industrial Development Program project “Passive Acquisition by Digital Convergence” (PADIC) 2021-2024
The European Defence Industrial Development Program project “Passive Acquisition by Digital Convergence” (PADIC) will develop a coastal radar network system with an open architecture, connecting passive, digital sensors of different types. Passive radars use reflections from signals from TV and radio stations, mobile network base stations and added transmitters to detect objects on land, at sea and in the air.
PADIC will study, design, prototype and test a coastal radar network system in response to emerging threats by further developing state-of-the-art sensors that are spectrally non-congesting during peacetime and sustainable and immune against attack attempts during conflicts. The project will make use of low-cost and commercially available technologies and components.
A central problem with ground-based radars is their low life expectancy after conflict onset, since they are easily acquired by radar-detecting sensors, while being considered expensive when used for peace-time operations. Even worse, surging radar costs increases the high-value asset vulnerability, and the resulting sparse deployments leaving gaps for an adversary to exploit: during conflict by means of e.g. cruise missiles and UxV drones, and in peace-time by smugglers, insurgents and traffickers using dangerous transportation means.
Accompanied by Patria (Finland), Rantelon and CAFA Tech (Estonia), the PADIC project is coordinated by Saab (Sweden).
In the first year (2022), Functional Requirements Definition will be established, based on scenario analyses. Moreover, a System Concept and Architecture will be developed.
In the second year (2023), the System Design and Developments and System Level Integrations will be done and a prototype will be developed.
In the third year (2024), the PADIC system will be tested and demonstrated in Baltic coast environments.