The "head" of the WatchStander system, incorporating a video camera and a 12 million candlepower spotlight
The view from WatchStander's camera, along with a radar image of suspicious vessels being tracked
Today's ships are equipped with radar systems that let them identify other ships from a distance, and while that works well enough for collision avoidance, those systems aren't the greatest at detecting small watercraft ... such as the low-slung skiffs often used by pirates. That's where WatchStander comes in. It's a radar system that's designed to pick out such boats, and then deter their crews before they can attack.
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