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16 September 2015

DSEI 2015: Detect, Track, Disrupt

UK-based Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics Ltd., and Enterprise Control Systems have combined forces to develop a “fully integrated Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) to combat the growing threat of malicious micro-, mini-, and larger Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones.” According to the consortium, at recent government-sponsored international trials, AUDS successfully disrupted a variety of micro-, compact, and standard UAVs. “With incidents of UAV- and drone-related security breaches occurring on an almost daily basis, the AUDS system is able to address the heightened concern about UAVs within military, government, critical infrastructure, and commercial security organisations”, Blighter said.

The AUDS Anti-UAV Defence System is designed to detect, track, classify, and disrupt UAVs or drones at ranges of up to 8km. (Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

Mark Radford, the company’s CEO, said: “We formed the all-British AUDS team in 2014 as we were each acutely aware of the urgent operational requirement from our customers for an effective and affordable anti-UAV system.” He added: “Working in partnership, we have developed some clever technology [patents are pending] that integrates the different sensors, effector and electro-mechanical positioning systems to disrupt and bring down any malicious drone in a phased and controlled manner.”

The world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt AUDS features a quad-band Radio Frequency (RF) inhibitor/jammer, an optical disruptor, and rapid deployment performance characteristics in the final production version. These enhancements follow extensive customer trials of the pre-production system across Europe and North America that were undertaken during the first half of 2015. The system on display in London can detect a drone 8km away using electronic scanning radar, track it using infrared (IR) and daylight cameras, as well as specialist software before disrupting the flight using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it, Enterprise Control Systems’ Paul Taylor said.
Stefan Nitschke