DeTect, Inc.

DeTect specializes in advanced radar and other sensor technologies. The company is the leader in bird radar technologies for real-time aircraft bird strike avoidance, wind energy bird mortality risk assessment and mitigation, and industrial bird control with over 180 of its MERLIN bird radars operating in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. DeTect radar systems are in use at facilities and projects worldwide with a proven record of exceptional performance, reliability and operability and over five million hours of successful operating experience since 2003.

Company details

1022 West 23rd Street, Suite 620 , Panama City , Florida 32405 USA

Locations Served


Business Type:
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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DeTect, Inc. specializes in applied, intelligent radar and related remote sensing technologiesand systems for aviation safety, security and surveillance, drone defense and environmental protection and renewable energy with over 280 radar systems installed and operating worldwide since 2003. DeTect remote sensing products include:

  • AHAS (Avian Hazard Advisory System)
  • MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radars
  • DroneWatcher Drone Surveillance Radars
  • DroneWatcher drone & small UAV detection & defense systems
  • MERLIN Avian Radar Systems
  • HARRIER Airspace & Marine Surveillance Radars
  • MERLIN Bird Control Radar Systems
  • HARRIER Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems

DeTect is a fully integrated radar company headquartered in Panama City, Florida, USA with a company-owned engineering and manufacturing facility in Florida and offices in California, Florida, Washington, D.C. and London, England. The company has sales and technical support staff based throughout the US, Canada and Europe and partner offices in over 80 countries to support its customers and installations worldwide.

The unique radar signal processing technology in MERLIN, developed specifically for reliable detection and tracking of small, non-cooperative, low radar-cross section, non-linearly moving targets, is also used in DeTect's HARRIER Security and Surveillance Radar making it one of the most sensitive, low cost radar systems on the market today for airspace and marine security applications including drone and UAV detection and defense, Ground Based Sense-and-Avoid (GBSAA) and virtual air traffic control. In 2012, DeTect also deployed the first radar-activated wind farm turbine obstruction lighting system in the US - a HARRIER Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) - that provides automated activation of wind turbine obstruction lights when aircraft are detected within a specified distance of the wind farm. In 2016, DeTect expanded its drone surveillance capabilities with the launch of its DroneWatcher system that includes an Android application, DroneWatcher APP, that makes a smartphone or tablet into a short range drone detector. DroneWatcher also includes an advanced radiofrequency (RF) sensor, DroneWatcher RF, for longer range detection, tracking, identification and interdiction of drones and small UAVs. Combined, with the DroneWatcher Drone Surveillance Radar (DSR), DroneWatcher APP and RF provide the highest level of multi-layer comprehensive, multi-layer drone defense available.

Product applications

  • Aviation bird-aircraft strike risk assessment & advisories
  • Airspace & marine security & surveillance
  • Aircraft & ultralight intrusion detection
  • Border surveillance & security
  • Radar coverage gap filler
  • Ground based sense-and-avoid
  • Automatic obstruction lighting activation
  • Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) support radars
  • Drone & small UAV intrusion detection & defense
  • Bird & bat survey & risk mitigation
  • Industrial bird control & protection
  • Virtual air traffic control
  • Radar data products & networks


DeTect's professional staff resources include experienced engineers, scientists, aviation safety specialists, meteorologists and technicians that are experts in remote sensing, radar engineering, system integration, security, operation and environmental management. Specialized expertise includes BASH (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard) and wind energy avian risk assessment and management with unique application support from leading radar engineers, software developers, ornithologists, biologists and scientists that provide DeTect clients with the most experienced team of experts in remote sensing of birds and bats in the world.

Company facilities include over 20,000 square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space in Florida to support design, development, assembly, testing and support of advanced radar systems. Research resources include test sites for systems, components and software development, testing and calibration. DeTect radar systems are built to industrial and military (MILSPEC), European Union (EU CE Mark) and other international standards and incorporate commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) components where possible to provide our customers with high performance, competitive cost of acquisition, low O&M, and ongoing technology insertion and upgrade opportunities over the life of the system.

The US Air Force has purchased twelve MERLIN systems to date based on a documented record of improved aircrew safety, reduced aircraft-birdstrike damage and increased mission readiness. NASA in 2006, after evaluation and on-site testing of various bird radar technologies, selected DeTect's MERLIN system to support space launch safety for the $2 billion space shuttle for 22 launches through the end of the program in 2011 with 100% system uptime.

With DeTect, customers are getting more than a radar system - as a fully integrated company DeTect provides comprehensive application support with each system that includes project design, turn-key delivery, full concept-of-operations (CONOPS) development, human factors design, system operational integration, site-specific operation user training and long-term 24-7 support. Each system is supported by DeTect's team of application specialists who have extensive backgrounds and experience in systems design, manufacture, siting and, most importantly, integration and use of the technology in the real-world environment with effective user interfaces to meet each customer's specific business operational requirement.