In response to these challenges, the Airbus analyst team has developed a cross-cueing analysis capability, combining Airbus’s earth observation satellites and Hawkeye 360 RF geolocation data over Iran.
First, Airbus analysts started identifying military sites in Iran and asked Hawkeye 360 to conduct experimental monitoring for those areas of interest. Following an acquisition made by Hawkeye 360 team, they identified a unique signal at 153 MHz within a remote location where nothing had been identified before. Then, Airbus experts tasked Pléiades satellites to supporting this intelligence with high-detail satellite imagery of the sites.
This combined analysis demonstrated that radio frequency data can send alerts when a VHF signal is located and provides RF activity monitoring over sensitive sites. Hawkeye 360 identified potential RF activity over an Area of Interest, and Airbus confirmed that there was an EW radar (P-18 SPOON REST probable) at that location.