Unauthorized or rogue drones flying at the wrong place at
the wrong time could end up in a “Clash of the Titan” following successful
testing of a new counter-drone solution.
C-UAS provider Citadel Defense Company this past week launched anti-drone product Titan after six months of testing.
The array detects drone controllers, video and Wi-Fi links for individual drones and swarms and can then bring them down.
Titan is designed for easy set-up (about 5 minutes) and
deployment for military, government or commercial use. Portability can
especially be important for mobile military operations where drone activity can
disrupt a mission. So far, the company has won six government contracts for Titan.
A company statement notes:
“Titan provides the user real-time information, identifying and classifying an approaching unmanned aerial vehicle or swarm, and selectively applying precise countermeasures to induce the UAV to land or return to its home base. Citadel Defense uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and software defined hardware technology to rapidly address new threats – making sure the effectiveness of protecting people and assets is always ahead of the ever-evolving threat.”
Citadel CEO Christopher Williams adds:
“The system’s ease of use coupled with the fact that it can operate in environments where communications are critical, like major cities, airports, or aboard large ships, provide users with a flexible solution for many missions. Citadel’s escalating countermeasure approach is a unique advantage for customers because it can effectively detect, identify, and defeat drones with limited collateral affects to other important signals like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications.”
Other Counter-drone News
Last month, Dedrone completed
study about the threat of drones flying over prisons. The company presented an incident page
detailing several alarming accounts in which drones were used to drop
contraband to prisoners.
In July, Australian-based DroneShield announced approval
of the company’s product suite for placement on the American government’s
General Services Administration funding schedule.
In June, Israeli firm RADA
Electronic Industries won a contract with the British Army to deploy a
solution that includes the company’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars embedded
in the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Drone Dome counter-drone
solution. RADA’s MHR provides 360-degree surveillance and detects drones at
distances of 3-5 kilometers.
A 2018 study predicts the drone mitigation (or anti-drone)
market will to grow to a billion-dollar industry within six years with
predicted compound annual growth rate of 23.89 percent to 2022.