A key participant within the drone countermeasure market has scored a victory with a brand new navy contract that might assist win the warfare in opposition to ISIS.
In partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, the U.S. Marine Corps awarded a contract earlier this month to anti-drone agency Sensofusion. The Finnish firm made headlines earlier this yr when the FAA introduced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Sensofusion, Gryphon Sensors and Liteye Systems to deploy drone-sensor prototypes at key American airports.
The firm will launch its AIRFENCE system to guard cellular convoys from the specter of probably weaponized drones that may very well be wielded by rebel teams akin to ISIS. The system robotically detects, locates, tracks and neutralizes rogue drones. According to a Sensofusion press launch, AIRFENCE boasts “external detection capabilities that empower the hardware to collect evidence immediately and transmit to learning platforms, which allows for future detection of rogue UAS.”
“Given the proliferation of commercially-available UAS and the increasingly dangerous threat they pose, a force protection capability like that provided by AIRFENCE will be an essential part of any integrated air defense system for the foreseeable future,” Marine Corps Major J.B. Persons of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory stated in a press release. “We are eager to get this capability into experimentation and transition it to the operating forces as quickly as possible.”
The firm at present deploys the system in main cities to assist legislation enforcement defend VIPs. “[It’s] a good fit to protect American dignitaries, including high ranking U.S. officials such as [the] President and his cabinet,” stated Kaveh H. Mahdavi, Sensofusion VP of Operations. He added that AIRFENCE at present protects “some of the highest-ranking government officials in the world.”
“It is our intent to position AIRFENCE as the go-to hardware/software of choice for protecting U.S. troops, government officials, and civilians.”
Sensofusion’s navy deal is the newest in a string of contracts issued to anti-drone firms.
In February, Liteye is partnered with IT supplier Tribalco, a “mission-critical” IT/telecommunications service to ship the Anti-UAV Defense System to U.S. navy businesses. The two companies concluded an 18-month analysis by the Defense Department and stated the trial “exceeded the mission necessities, concurrently offering floor and air surveillance in opposition to potential threats.