Rohde & Schwarz has contributed to increased security at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport by installing nine security scanners and a counter-UAS system, the company announced on 9 December, during the virtual ATCA 2020 event.

In recent years, the number of drone incidents around airports has increased exponentially. Keeping airports safe from unauthorized UAS has become a priority for the aviation community. Commercially available drones pose serious risks to aircraft, and sightings have caused flights to be suspended. In order to prevent such scenarios, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport procured an R&S ARDRONIS counter-UAS system. The Rohde & Schwarz solution provides early warning regarding drone activity – sometimes even before take-off – a key element in countering the threats.

ARDRONIS reports when a drone's remote control (RC) has been switched on and classifies the device type. The sensor system captures the uplink, so it can track down the operator while the drone is still on the ground. With this information, security personnel can find the operator and/or initiate electronic countermeasures. The uplink signal can also be disrupted, causing the operator to lose control of the drone. It will then switch to failsafe mode, try to land or fly back to where it came from. Depending on the type and number of drones, a smart ‘follower’ jamming mode or a smart ‘wideband sweep’ jamming mode is used to neutralise the threat in an optimal manner.

"Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is well equipped to combat unauthorised drone activity thanks to our new drone detection and countering solution from Rohde & Schwarz," explained Zoran Skoko, the airport’s Security Director. "We are confident that we are taking sufficient precautions and can prevent drones from disrupting our air traffic."

The airport has also put nine R&S QPS200 quick personnel security scanners into operation. These fully automated devices deliver high-performance security screening using safe millimeter-wave RF technology to rapidly and accurately screen passengers for concealed threats. This technology is approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and in use at some of the world's busiest airports.

Elements of the ARDRONIS C-UAS system installed at Belgrade Nikolas Tesla Airport (Photo: Rohde & Schwarz)

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