An unnamed government agency has signed a multi-million dollar contract for Citadel Defense Counter Drone System, Titan. Titan will protect government assets – including ships, vehicles, robotic platforms, and military bases – from drone threats.
Drone defense systems, or counter small UAS systems (C-sUAS) are an important sector in the drone industry. As commercial drone applications proliferate, so do fears about illegal uses of commercial off-the-shelf drones. C-sUAS systems that allow agencies to adequately protect sensitive areas provide the safety net required for regulators to allow legitimate commercial drones to take off.
The Citadel Defense counter drone system is an “AI-powered, radiofrequency (RF) based counter drone system,” says a company press release. After participating in a competitive evaluation, “Titan proved highly effective in complex urban environments and was preferred by operators as it exhibited technical superiority across many unpredictable threat scenarios including drone swarms.”
“As the only automated RF sensor solution in the market that uses AI and machine learning to detect, identify, track, and safely defeat uncooperative drones, Titan is a force multiplier for US and allied forces,” explains Christopher Williams, CEO of Citadel Defense.
The Titan protects troops and high value assets against unwanted drone activity and swarms when large and expensive multi-sensor systems cannot be deployed. At locations where integrated systems are installed, Titan serves as the RF defense layer, bringing an industry-leading low false alarm rate, targeted countermeasures, and broadest level of threat coverage to highly integrated counter drone solutions.
“AI, machine learning and adaptive countermeasures are required for the C-sUAS mission. New commercial UAS platforms have over 100 controller settings that can change a drone’s communication signature. Library-dependent and cyber-focused systems simply can’t keep up,” explained Williams.
“Bad actors adapt their strategy quickly when they discover a security vulnerability.” Williams says, “With hundreds of sensors now deployed, Citadel is helping customers detect shifting trends in drone activity on a global scale to help stay ahead of the threat.”