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US Navy tests DroneShield’s counter-UAS

The Sydney-based company has demonstrated the capability of its counter-UAS technology before US Navy officials.

The Sydney-based company has demonstrated the capability of its counter-UAS technology before US Navy officials.

ASX-listed technology company DroneShield has put its DroneSentry-X counter-UAS detect-and-defeat system to the test, demonstrating its capability during an exercise with the US Navy. 

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The system was deployed aboard the Stiletto maritime demonstration boat over a six-week period, completing a number of performance and evaluation tasks.

The exercise included the testing of DroneSentry-X’s detection capability, detection and defeat ranges, on-the-move operation, and drone swarm defences.

“DroneSentry-X provides an unmatched capability and spectrum awareness for moving and fixed site platforms against a wide range of threats,” Oleg Vornik, CEO of DroneShield, said.

“We are pleased to complete this demonstration supporting an important part of the US Navy’s mission.” 

DroneSentry-X is a detection and optional mitigation platform, designed to be adaptable for a wide range of operational environments and applications, including ground mobility operations, maritime security, and fixed-site base operations.

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The platform leverages RFAI — DroneShield’s AI/ML signal detection and classification engine.

DroneSentry-X’s open architecture has been developed to enable users to integrate the platform with other solutions in a bid to enhance existing mission systems or counter-UAS capabilities.  

The US Navy demonstration follows DroneShield’s receipt of a two-year defence contract worth $3.8 million from an undisclosed Five Eyes country.

Approximately $2 million of the total contract value is scheduled for the June and September quarters of 2021.

The firm’s defence products include DroneGun, which provides directional antennas in a lightweight robust rifle style design, featuring a control panel user interface to select and engage the range of jamming frequencies for target defeat.

Last month, DroneShield partnered with US-based firm Zenith AeroTech, in a bid to broaden its offering to include counter-drone capabilities delivered via tethered aerial vehicles (TAV).

As part of the collaboration, Zenith AeroTech is expected to deploy DroneShield’s DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control ecosystem and a miniaturised radar into its TAV platforms, supporting counter drone or drone swarm attacks.

According to DroneShield, the partnership would enhance longer range drone detection and countermeasure capabilities.

[Related: DroneShield wins $3.8m defence contract]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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