IAI’s Drone Guard sys­tem in­creas­ing sales

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The Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries (IAI) is view­ing a steadily in­creas­ing de­mand for its Drone Guard de­tec­tion and dis­rup­tion counter un­maned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) sys­tem, for both mil­i­tary and civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions. The re­cently un­veiled sys­tem has al­ready been pur­chased by sev­eral cus­tomers for crit­i­cal as­set and per­son­nel pro­tec­tion.

Nu­mer­ous po­ten­tial cus­tomers have al­ready at­tended ded­i­cated demon­stra­tions of the sys­tem ver­sus var­i­ous drone threats, with more demon­stra­tions an­tic­i­pated for the com­ing months.

The use of small drones has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally over the years, mak­ing them a po­ten­tial threat to crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­tures, other air­craft and home­land se­cu­rity (HLS), due to their small size, low speed and low flight al­ti­tude. IAI’s sub­sidiary and group, ELTA Sys­tems Ltd., is of­fer­ing spe­cially de­signed 3-di­men­sional (3D) radars and ex­ist­ing elec­tro-op­ti­cal (EO) sen­sors for de­tec­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, as well as ded­i­cated elec­tronic attack (EA) jam­ming sys­tems for dis­rupt­ing drone flight.

Nis­sim Hadas, IAI Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and ELTA Pres­i­dent, said: “We have man­aged to pack high grade mil­i­tary radar and jam­ming ca­pa­bil­i­ties into a com­pact, ef­fec­tive and af­ford­able drone pro­tec­tion sys­tem. Since un­veil­ing the Drone Guard sys­tem ear­lier this year we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing steadily grow­ing sales and de­mand of the sys­tem for mil­i­tary, HLS and civil­ian pro­tec­tion tasks”.

To de­tect low sig­na­ture, low-level and low-speed air­borne tar­gets, ELTA has adapted to this spe­cific mis­sion its 3D radars, which in­clude the ELM-2026D, ELM-2026B and ELM-2026BF for short (10 km), medium (15 km) and long (20 km) ranges, re­spec­tively, with spe­cial drone de­tec­tion and track­ing al­go­rithms, as well as adapt­ing them with EO sen­sors for visual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the tar­get.

In or­der to dis­rupt the hos­tile UAV, ELTA has de­vel­oped ad­vanced adap­tive jam­ming sys­tems which can be used in con­cert with its de­tec­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sen­sors, or as a con­tin­u­ously op­er­ated stand-alone sys­tem. The jam­ming dis­rupts the drone’s flight and can ei­ther causes it to re­turn to its point-of-ori­gin (‘Re­turn Home’ func­tion) or to shut down and make a crash land­ing.

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