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12 July 2016

FIA2016: Rafael's DRONE DOME Neutralises UAVs

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, chalet C22, is showcasing DRONE DOME, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) detection and neutralisation system.

Rafael's DRONE DOME makes use of RADA's RPS-42 radar to detect and neutralise UAVs. (Photos: Rafael)

Making use of a combination of a RADA RPS-42 tactical air-surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors to detect UAVs through 360°, once a target has been detected, it begins to track and classify it, according to the company. The system can disrupt UAVs by jamming global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and radio frequency (RF) signals.

The DRONE DOME System is an innovative end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile micro and nano UAVs (no word on whether Prox Dynamics' BLACK HORNET has been neutralised) used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities. DRONE DOME has 360° circular coverage and is designed to detect, track, and neutralise drones classified as threats flying in No-Fly zones. It has a very fast response time, it causes minimal collateral interruptions to the surrounding urban environment, with maximum safety to friendly aircraft.The DRONE DOME system is operational under all weather condition, 24 hours a day.  First, the threat is detected and identified by RADA's radar and EO/IR sensors. The data is combined and correlated and alerts the operator of the hostile UAV. The system initiates either automatic interference operation, as per pre-defined rules in the C4I engine, or manual operation by the operator.  When the threat reaches the neutralisation area, the hostile drone is neutralised by activation of directional GNSS and RF Inhibitor/Jammer system.