Counter-drone provider Citadel Defense is teaming up with Syzygy Integration to develop a custom solution for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal government agencies.
Company officials say the new application “accelerates situational awareness and coordinated responses to uncooperative drone activity around critical infrastructure, national special security events, military bases and the border.” It will work with Citadel’s current Titan counter platform.
The solution—known as a Tactical Assault Kit (TAK)—informs security teams of unwanted drone activity and equips authorized operators to neutralize threats within their airspace.
“Combining Titan’s artificial intelligence, intuitive user experience and inherently safe countermeasures with the new TAK-based application provides a force multiplying capability needed by resource-constrained teams,” Christopher Williams, CEO of Citadel Defense, said.
“Citadel is addressing a critical operational need for cost-effective, rapidly deployable, and operator-portable C-UAS solutions that work across the entire defense chain, which includes detecting the drone, classifying it, locating it and safely neutralizing it with a low-collateral effector. The solution is rolling out to military and federal customers throughout 2021.”
“We are excited to have Titan fully integrated into the SNAP ecosystem. This capability enables real-time C-UAS intelligence and mitigation of unwanted drone activity from anywhere in the world. This capability helps first responders and government agents respond quickly and more safely,” said Wesley Mitchell, President of Syzygy.
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Last month, an unnamed government agency signed a multi-million dollar contract with Citadel for the Titan system to “protect government assets – including ships, vehicles, robotic platforms, and military bases – from drone threats.”
Last year, Citadel launched a new AI and machine-learning software release for the Titan system. Company officials say the software-hardware combo represents an evolution of the tech after several months of “successful deployments across multiple combatant commands and hundreds of unique environments.”
The counter-drone system leverages the world’s largest dataset adapted for AI-based drone detection. Citadel deploys the system to a global client base, offering protection from rogue drone missions such as recent attacks in Armenia and the Middle East.
In July, Citadel released an AI-powered software suite company officials said will autonomously protect against threats from 98 percent of commercial off-the-shelf drones.
When paired with the Titan system, the counter-drone solution can protect a large military base or airfield via a single interface for around-the-clock coverage.