LightWave Radar

For years, wind turbines have interfered with radar,

stalling the development of wind farms

and impeding the growth of sustainable energy.

But now, with the winds of change are blowing in.


LightWave is a low cost, primary radar system designed to provide in fill air surveillance, observe international border regions and enhance protection of infrastructure and high value national assets or events...providing surveillance even when challenged by the presence of wind turbines and the clutter they create.

Sell Sheet
Sell Sheet


The LightWave S-Band Solid-State Primary Surveillance Radar fuses C Speed's family of LightWave radar subsystems into a low cost, high performance radar system. LightWave operates in two fundamental operational modes. When configured in its Low PRF mode, LightWave operates as a low cost, primary surveillance radar. When configured in its High PRF mode, LightWave, in addition to operating as a surveillance radar system, also offers advanced radar imaging capabilities. This High PRF configuration allows it to be an even more effective sensor that permits very difficult problems – such as mitigating the radar clutter effects produced by wind turbines – to be solved. LightWave is made in the USA.


  • In fill and gap fill
  • Air traffic control – small or large airfields
  • Wind Turbine Clutter Mitigation
  • Data Recording
    • High bandwidth digitized RF pre-processed
    • Low bandwidth plot and track outputs
  • Non-cooperative, airborne target detection
  • Detection of low altitude targets, slow flyers, and ultralights
  • Optional fusion tracker and display – multi radar fusion for in fill
  • Cosecant-Squared Antenna capable of extended range
  • Low cost – acquisition as well as O&M
  • Low power – as low as 100 watts peak
  • Multi-Mission – ATC, situational awareness
  • Stand alone system or multi sensor configuration (3D)
  • Defense and Homeland Security applications
  • Manned/Unmanned air platform detection
  • International border region surveillance
  • Low flying targets in difficult clutter environments
  • Upgrade existing ATC radars


Frequency: S-Band
Rotation: 12rpm typical (45rpm max)
Instrumented Range: 20 miles
Azimuth: 360° coverage
MTBF > 20,000 hours
Extended Range: option available
Standard ASTERIX output
Approved by U.S. Department of Commerce for export

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Located in Upstate New York, C Speed is an innovative radar system and subsystem supplier serving its global commercial and government customers. Its team has many years of experience in providing radar receiver, exciter and signal processor upgrades to both military and civilian radar systems that are located throughout the world.

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Current News

September 2016

C Speed's LightWave Radar Mitigates US Air Force Raytheon ASR-11 (DASR)

LIVERPOOL, NY - C Speed has completed its research effort to explore integration techniques for the LightWave Radar with the Travis AFB Raytheon ASR-11 Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR). Integration of the two radar sources successfully demonstrated improvement to the air picture when non-transmitting targets encroach on the extensive Wind Resource Area. Travis AFB is adjacent to more than 600 wind turbines that have impacted the air picture by interfering with the existing DASR system. C Speed’s efforts were made in collaboration with Travis AFB via a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) that commenced in 2013. USTRANSCOM signed the CRADA on behalf of its Air Force Transportation Component Command, Air Mobility Command, the parent command of Travis Air Force Base (AFB).

Headquartered in Liverpool, New York, USA, C Speed, LLC is a global radar company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact David Colangelo +1.315.415.6818