The Professor of Radioengineering Faculty Viktor Naidenko in partnership with the Professor of McMaster University of Canada Nataliia Nikolova has got NATO grant under the program "Science for Peace and Security" to develop a prototype of a compact portable system for preventing and combating in case of detection weapons hidden on the body (knives, guns and grenades). Particular attention will be paid to detect explosive vests. The ultimate goal is to create a device to detect a wide range of threats at a distance sufficient for the timely prevention and adequate reaction to it. The device is designed for military and law enforcement workers.

NATO program "Science for Peace and Security" offers grants for joint research, pilot projects, seminars, conferences and training for the workers in NATO and partner countries. Backed by NATO, the project has significant educational, social and political consequences. With this grant, the Ukrainian team of Radioengineering Faculty will increase the support for their graduates working in the field of microwave and radar technology. Ukrainian and Canadian graduate students will have access to the latest tools HF/SHF measurements and a unique opportunity to develop, produce and test the modules for radar systems, such as antennas, transmitters, receivers of digital signal processing, and an integrated board computer. The exchange of graduates-students between Ukraine and Canada will be a solid foundation for cooperation, which we hope will also continue outside the project. This will enrich the educational experience of our graduates and broaden their horizons.

Short-term social consequences of this project are promoting engineering education for graduate students and researchers in Ukraine and Canada, with the provision of modern equipment for the Ukrainian team, and focusing efforts of both teams on the content and complex of engineering problems. Long-term social impact of this project will be carried out through commercialization of this "cognitive" radar system and placing it in the hands of people who face hostile military action in the performance of their duties. This latest development depends on many future factors, in particular achieved detection rates, and end-user interests in pushing this technology to the market.

The political consequences of this project are directly related to the social effects. The project focuses on strengthening ties between Canada (NATO) and Ukraine (NATO partner country) and how to change indeed the professional life of talented young engineers of two academic groups.

The project started six months ago, so there will be 2.5 years of hard work, new acquaintances and cooperation with Canadian university. We welcome the experts in modern SHF electronics and electrodynamics for cooperation. Contacts: REF, building 17 Prof. V. Naidenko.

Nataliia Salamatina, the student of REF