The Maritime mode of the NanoSAR radar can automatically detect objects on the surface of large bodies of water. Maritime environments present a unique challenge for detecting objects because of their vast search areas and the moving nature of the background sea clutter.

Detecting objects in maritime environments using optical methods alone can be difficult. The Maritime-mode performs wide-area searches in maritime and littoral environments to gather information about the strength (magnitude) of the received signal. Even though the background sea clutter is moving in unpredictable patterns, advanced algorithms allow the Maritime-mode radar to distinguish boats and other objects on the water from the background sea clutter.


When MMTI  is combined with other capabilities, such as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging, IMSAR systems can perform multiple applications in a variety of industries. Typical uses for IMSAR's ISR solutions can include.

  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Military Surveillance
  • Reconnaissance Missions
  • Search & Rescue Operations
  • Counter Drug Trafficking Operations
  • Counter Illegal Fishing Operations
  • Disaster Preparation & Response


IMSAR systems that are capable of performing MMTI are available in a variety of configurations that are designed for easy integration onto manned or unmanned aircraft. The following configurations can be used for maritime missions:

  • NSP-3
  • NSP-5
  • NSP-5 ER

For more information about MMTI and other products, contact us by e-mail at or call IMSAR sales at 801.798.8440.



Using SAR to monitor littoral or maritime environments simplifies the ability to discern a waterborne target from the water upon which it floats, making it possible to detect all kinds of boats, even semi-submersibles, with ease and confidence.


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