Moog Announces Successful Install of First Operational Tarsier® FOD Detection System for the US Military

East Aurora, NY April 16, 2020 – Moog is celebrating the completion of the first of five Tarsier installations at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Yuma, AZ.

Moog’s Tarsier was the world’s first automated foreign object debris (FOD) detection and warning system, and is in operation commercially at Vancouver International Airport, Heathrow Airport in London, and Doha International Airport. Tarsier has also been in operation on the UK Royal Air Force base at Boscombe Down since 2009. This new installation bolsters the U.S. military’s initiative to protect the F-35 fleet, and other aircraft, from preventable engine damage caused by FOD.

NAVAIR’s Jonathan Sides described Tarsier as “a critical element of an evolving system-of-systems that the Navy and Marine Corps are evaluating to protect the fleet from engine damage”.  Jason Weiss, General Manager of Moog Navigation and Surveillance Systems (NaSS) added, “Moog is extremely proud of the role that Tarsier will play in improving F-35 availability, and of course in enhancing the safety of the Marine aviators who bravely defend our freedom around the globe”.

Using advanced digital signal processing, Tarsier continuously scans runway surfaces, to accurately identify debris and eliminate false alarms. Live video feeds from powerful MIL-SPEC day and night camera systems verify objects before dispatching personnel to remove the debris. The Yuma installation is the first of a new generation with enhanced algorithms that improve the already industry leading all weather capability, and an all-new user interface that is faster, more intuitive, and mobile device capable. To find out more about Tarsier, visit: today.