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About us

We are Robin Radar Systems

We’re experts and technology leaders in the detection of small flying objects. Our radar systems give high-quality data, instant updates, and the best possible insight to react to threats and hazards as they happen.

Pioneers in 360°

Detecting small objects is what we do, and what we do best. We're on a mission to empower aviation, defence, security, and ecology teams with a unique view of their airspace. Our technologies are ahead of the pack, but our people make us great.


Robin Radar team outside their office

Join our team!

With 300+ radars and counting deployed worldwide, we're clearing the runway for more brilliant minds at Robin. Ready to fly into a mission of safety and conservation that spans the globe? 

Leading with purpose

Meet our experienced management team, leading the way for a staff of 150+ people representing 35+ nationalities. Each brings a unique perspective to our transformative, fast-paced company. This is just one of the reasons Robin is certified as a Great Place to Work. 

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    Siete Hamminga


  • Black and white photo of Tanja Classen

    Tanja Claasen


  • Black and white photo of Marcel Verdonk

    Marcel Verdonk


  • Black and white photo of Maria Sanchez-Cortes

    Maria Sanchez-Cortes


Robin Radar staff sitting and chatting in a room

Our core values


We're committed to creating a trusting working environment where it's safe to be vulnerable. Here at Robin, feedback is given and received without collateral damage.


We value open, candid communication. We’re a Dutch company, after all. We’re direct, not combative, always clear about where we stand and where we want to go.


We empower our people, giving them freedom to own their work. That comes with mistakes, and that’s fine. We need them to learn; progress isn't linear.

Robin Radar's founding members

Roots in radar science

A robin is a charming little bird, but that’s not what inspired our name. ROBIN is an acronym that captures our colourful technical heritage: Radar OBservation of Bird INtensity.

In 1980, the Dutch Research Institute for Applied Science, TNO, began a project to prevent strikes between birds and Royal Netherlands Air Force planes. The European Space Agency (ESA) contributed to Robin’s development with its FlySafe Initiative, processing raw images from air defence radars to visualise bird intensity.

In 2010, high-tech entrepreneur and Robin CEO, Siete Hamminga, saw our bright potential. He spun out the technology from TNO to make it commercially available, and Robin Radar Systems was born! 

Independent, with strong backing

Robin Radar Systems is an independent company with strong financial backing. We don't take our leading market position for granted, far from it. With support from Mainport Innovation Fund and Inkef Capital, we breathe innovation into everything we do. 

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A legacy of innovation 

We’re proud of our heritage, and prouder still of our legacy of innovation. Meticulous patenting keeps products and services at the cutting edge, with 29 patents registered, and counting.

Robin radars are part of projects with the Netherlands Space Office, the world's most ecological wind farm, and even the most advanced weather radar: PHARA.

40 years of radar love

We’re proud of our history. With more than 40 years of radar science, customers can depend on tried, tested, and perfected 360° technologies. We still like a trip down memory lane now and then, though.

The TNO flag, waving in a gentle breeze


TNO starts a project for the Royal Netherlands Air Force using radar to detect birds. They name the project ROBIN: ‘Radar Observation of Bird Intensity’.

The ESA flag waving in the breeze beneath a blue sky


The European Space Agency (ESA) initiates a FlySafe project, contributing to the further development of the ROBIN project.

The Robin Radar team in 2010


Robin Radar Systems is born! Siete spins out the technologies that make us who we are today. We’re officially registered as a limited liability company with the Chamber of Commerce. 

Siete talking to several colleagues in a meeting room


The Mainport Innovation Fund and Infek Capital invest millions in Robin Radar’s growth plan. Our board of directors celebrate Phase II of our company.

Siete talking to the Dutch government in front of a large wall decorated in Robin's colours


The Dutch government challenges the industry to provide solutions for small drone detection and intervention. 38 companies respond, but Robin Radar Systems ranks number 1.

Queen Maxima and Robin Radar staff look at a radar detection prototype


Robin Radar Systems participates in an official state visit of HRH King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, to Denmark and Germany. We also help to protect a G7 summit from drone threats.

ELVIRA drone detection radar watches a drone hovering beneath a clear blue sky


We’re listed in the top three most innovative Dutch companies. After years of careful work to diversify our tech, ELVIRA, our formidable 2D drone radar, sends us soaring into the defence and security sectors.

Robin Radar at the packed MAX bird detection radar launch event


We launch our full 3D bird radar, MAX! More than four years of considered innovation results in a product that, quite literally, takes bird detection to the max. Robin Radar also becomes ISO 9001 certified!

A group of Robin Radar employees accept our Great Place to Work award


Robin claims the title Great Place to Work, demonstrating that our values and culture align with those that make a company great. We’re proud to have held the title of Great Place to Work ever since.

Close-up of IRIS drone detection radar outside a building


We hit double-digits! Our company turns ten years old, and we come together to celebrate a whole decade of Robin. We mark the occasion in style, with the launch of our small but mighty 3D drone radar, IRIS.

a fleet of Scarecrow bird dispersal vehicles


We combine our powers with Scarecrow, acquiring the bird dispersal company for an integration fit for the future of bird control.

Robin Radar winning Klantbeleving award 2022


Robin Radar Systems is named within the top 250 Netherlands Scaleups. And, in a winning year, we receive the Integron Customer Experience Award 2022.

Large storm clouds gathering over wetland


In recognition of our advanced tech, we join the TU Delft-led consortium of organisations chosen to develop the world's most advanced weather radar: PHARA.

Robin Radar opening new offices with large ceremonial scissors


After almost a year of careful planning and preparation, we open our bright and airy adjoining office space to account for exponential growth. Two floors, three meeting rooms, and a kitchen on each.

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Thinking of becoming a partner?

We’d love to have you on board. Our success is built upon strategic partnerships, whether that’s investors, distributors, system integrators, or project partners. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today.

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