Following successful trials, Department 13’s (D13) counter-unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capability, MESMER, has been selected to participate in the final round of ThunderDrone II at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
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The ThunderDrone trials were initiated by SOFWERX upon the request of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Strategic Capabilities Office to assess the UAS industry and leading technology within this field.
ThunderDrone II saw more than 450 UAS technologies submitted, with 95 companies invited to move forward and present in Tampa in January 2018. D13 is now one of the final six companies selected for the final phase of the event, phase three.
Phase three of ThunderDrone II will see D13 demonstrate MESMER's capabilities in front of US government and military customers.
D13’s progression in ThunderDrone II is evidence of MESMER's superior capabilities in Drone detection, identification and mitigation, D13 CEO Jonathan Hunter said.
“We are very excited to be selected as a finalist of ThunderDrone II to demonstrate MESMER's superior capabilities and to network with government and military officials," he said.
"The D13 team have received overwhelming positive feedback from event organisers, USSOCOM representatives and [more than] 280 government official attendees of both events. Trials and demonstrations represent a key component of D13’s sales and marketing strategy, as these demonstration events of emerging technologies are the predominant method of assessment prior to procurement for government agencies.
"MESMER's progress to the final stage of ThunderDrone II has already delivered multiple sales leads and the D13 team continues to work to convert these opportunities to unit sales."
Australia's EPE is partnered with ASX-listed D13 to distribute, integrate, install, train and support MESMER in Australia and New Zealand from EPE's base in Brisbane.