DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Though not as ample as drones, countermeasures in opposition to the unmanned methods are definitely prevalent on the 2021 Dubai Airshow, which is going down Nov. 14-18.
Two counter-drone methods showcased on the occasion replicate the United Arab Emirates’ curiosity in such expertise: U.S.-based Fortem Applied sciences displayed its SkyDome, which is already operational within the Gulf nation; and Emirati firm Worldwide Golden Group confirmed off the Israeli system Skylock, which underwent testing within the UAE.
Fortem revealed on the present it had built-in a brand new drogue internet to the SkyDome that enables the system to now neutralize UAV threats labeled as Group 2 and Group 3. Meaning the system can now goal drones that weigh lower than 1,320 kilos, per a 2015 Pentagon report on unmanned plane methods. The SkyDome might beforehand solely neutralize drones round 20 kilos or much less.
Fortem CEO Timothy Bean claimed the counter-drone system is “100% autonomous, and the corporate is engaged on countering drone swarms.”
He added that Boeing, Toshiba and Mubadala are invested within the firm, and that the UAE ordered the system.
SkyDome works through radar steerage and bodily monitoring. The system options TrueView radar methods, an digital administration system and a drone hunter — mainly a UAV with two built-in bins from which nets launch when a menace is detected.
“The drone performs missions in opposition to rebel terrorist drones flying in and hitting bases. Smaller threats are caught with the online and despatched to forensic examination to search out out who constructed it and for what functions, and the best way to defeat it sooner or later,” Gary Watson, the vp for options at Fortem, advised Protection Information.
He added that bigger drones are caught with the drogue internet, which releases a parachute and brings down the menace.
“We now have had loads of U.S. and international authorities testing, and we’ve been extensively licensed for operations by governments. We did a significant take a look at with two Japanese businesses [and with the] U.S. We simply did an enormous demonstration within the Netherlands; they’re testing it on the airport. And [there is] loads of testing I can’t discuss as nicely. All of them profitable, and enormously exceeds the necessities that authorities locations us for kill,” Watson mentioned.
Shut by, the Worldwide Golden Group was displaying off Skylock’s counter-drone system. Skylock is owned by Israeli firm Avnon.
The platform can be utilized to guard essential belongings in addition to safe army and police amenities.
Emirati firm officers advised Protection Information that the system was examined twice within the nation and that every was a hit. “The testing inside UAE surroundings was carried out by UAE armed forces for radio frequency detection and jamming. These assessments had been profitable, and the armed forces confirmed curiosity within the system,” an Emirati official mentioned.
The officers confirmed that the UAE has not but signed a contract for the system.
Agnes Helou is a Center East correspondent for Protection Information. Her pursuits embody missile protection, cybersecurity, the interoperability of weapons methods and strategic points within the Center East and Gulf area.