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EOS receives repeat invite for Canadian counter-drone competition

PHOTO: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and civilians observing drones from the Red Team.

Australian defence company Electro Optic Systems Australia has received a repeat invite to showcase anti-drone weaponry and tracking technology at the Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024 in Canada.

Australian defence company Electro Optic Systems Australia has received a repeat invite to showcase anti-drone weaponry and tracking technology at the Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024 in Canada.

This is the second year in a row the company has been invited to compete against international defence companies in real-world environment scenarios at the sandbox event to be held in Alberta, Canada, from 27 May to 21 June this year.

During the competition, teams are given the objective of detecting or defeating (kinetically or non-kinetically) micro and mini uncrewed aerial systems with systems that can be integrated into the broader military command and control system.

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The event is overseen by the Canadian Armed Forces, US Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and science experts. There is also monetary prizes, developmental work and funding on offer after the event.

It’s understood EOS will field its Titanis counter-unmanned aerial system, which uses soft, hard, and directed energy capabilities to detect and defeat drones using a layered protection strategy.

“EOS Defence Systems has been selected as one of the 15 innovators to participate in the Canadian Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security, Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024,” according to a company statement published on 8 February.

“EOS teams from Australia and the USA will come together for this important milestone, showcasing our world-leading counter-drone technology in a real-world military setting.

“Following our success at the 2022 CUAS Sandbox, we eagerly anticipate our return.”

Melbourne-based company AIM Defence has also been selected by the Canadian Department of National Defence to demonstrate its Fractl high-power laser system at the event.

The tactical counter uncrewed aerial system is designed to conduct surgical strikes and neutralise quadcopters at one-kilometre ranges, as well as utilise AIM’s ultra-compact high-power laser technology and AI tracking algorithms.

Other competitors from Canada include Fortem Technologies/Archfield Canada Corp with the SkyDome CUAS, Infiniti Electro Optics with Vega Ultra multi-sensor camera system, Leonardo Canada with Falcon Shield, Nominal Controls with a tactical close-range counter-unmanned aerial system, University of Toronto with Ultrasonic drone destruction system, Skycope Technologies with form-factor CUAS solutions, and Teledyne FLIR with Cerberus XL.

Other international competitors include the UK’s LiveLink Aerospace, USA and Israel’s Sentrycs counter-unmanned aerial system solution, US Sentry View Systems with an SR interceptor, SCI Technology with Aeroguard, Boeing with the mobile compact laser weapon system, and Israel’s Twenty20 Insight’s Smash Hopper.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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