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20 Feb 17. AUDS Team upbeat at IDEX. The AUDS team had a prominent display at this year’s IDEX. AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) is a counter drone system that is designed to disrupt and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engaged in hostile airborne surveillance and potentially malicious activity. The AUDS system combines electronic-scanning radar target detection, electro-optical (EO) tracking/classification and directional RF inhibition capability.
AUDS is a smart-sensor and effector package capable of remotely detecting small UAVs and then tracking and classifying them before providing the option to disrupt their activity. The system may be used in remote or urban areas to prevent UAVs being used for terrorist attacks, espionage or other malicious activities against sites with critical infrastructure.
“We have had considerable success in selling our system to the US in particular, although we can’t discuss numbers. We are pursuing a number of UK and International opportunities.” Paul Taylor of ECS told the Editor.
The AUDS Team brings together three leading British companies, each with the unique capabilities required to create an effective counter UAV system. Blighter’s A400 series air security radars are able to DETECT small UAVs in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day flying in urban areas or near to the horizon.
The Chess Dynamics Hawkeye Deployable System (DS) and EO Video Tracker, featuring both a long range colour camera and a high sensitivity Thermal Imager (TI), along with state-of-the-art video tracking technology, is able to TRACK the UAV and, combined with radar target information, classify the target.
The operator is then able to make a timely and informed decision to use the Enterprise Control Systems (‘ECS’), smart RF inhibitor to selectively interfere with the C2 channels on the UAV allowing the system to DISRUPT the UAV’s mission. The smart RF inhibitor uses directional antennas to achieve maximum range of operation with minimum collateral effect.
On January 18th the AUDS team announced that AUDS had achieved TRL-9 status. AUDS the first fully integrated system worldwide to achieve TRL-9 status. This follows the successful mission deployment of the AUDS system with United States Forces. TRL-9 is the very highest technology readiness level or maturity that a technology system can attain. According to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA definitions, TRL-9 signifies that a technology system or product is in its final form and that the actual system is proven through successful mission operations.
During IDEX there were rumblings that the success of AUDS had let to a campaign by a large Company, believed to be Leonardo, to convince the RAF that their Falcon Shield ant-UAV system was superior to that of the AUDS team. The US and other countries are making great strides in the Counter UAV market following reports of swarms of armed UAVs being used in Iraq by IS; the requirement is believed to stretch into the many hundreds of systems.
19 Feb 17. Piercing brightness. With a 1,000 lumen output and a piercing hotspot, the new ProTac Rail Mount HL-X from Streamlight (Stand C3-006) is among the brightest lights available to mount on Picatinny rails.
It is designed to illuminate an entire area, including what may be hidden along perimeters or in corners, making it ideal for applications such as tactical room clearing or search operations in low-light. And it is ‘dual fuel’, giving users battery options depending on availability or preference. The lightweight, low-profile light features a rugged, integrated rail clamp that attaches to rifles, carbines and submachine guns with a MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) rail. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
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