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Plextek/Nuriplan MoU takes Blighter radars to South Korea

February 24, 2012

Plextek Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korean firm Nuriplan Co. Ltd., for the supply of Blighter® electronic-scanning FMCW Doppler ground surveillance radars into the South Korean market, providing the company with a supply channel for its radar systems into the diverse Korean market.

Nuriplan will leverage its expertise across government, commercial and military markets to support the sale of Blighter's advanced technology into this region. This will include local manufacturing of the radars, training and technical support for customers, and localisation of the radar software.

At the signing ceremony hosted by the British Embassy in Seoul, Sang Woo Lee, chairman of Nuriplan, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with Plextek to introduce their maintenance-free Blighter radars into the South Korean domestic market. We believe that Plextek’s ground surveillance radars – which have been proven to be highly effective in local border surveillance applications in mountainous terrain and in extreme weather conditions – have great sales potential in South Korea.”

Blighter radars are already operational in South Korea and for over a year have been providing failure-free border surveillance in what is considered one of the world’s most mountainous countries with environmental extremes of -30ºC in winter and +40ºC in summer. In this existing installation, the Blighter radars work for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, monitoring borders for any human, vehicle or low-flying aircraft incursions.

Mark Radford, director of Blighter solutions at Plextek, said: “We have had great success in selling the Blighter radar to customers in ten countries - including this strategic border surveillance installation in South Korea, as well as to our own British Army, and to international airports and other government, defence and commercial organisations. After pursuing the South Korean market for over seven years, we are delighted to form this strong partnership with Nuriplan for the long term supply of Blighter radars and associated technology into South Korea to enhance the country’s homeland security.”

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