As the threats posed by drones continue evolving, SkyLock, part of Avnon Group, has developed an integrated solution incorporating three separate systems into one. During the launch of the latest version, SkyLock explained that these three systems represent three separate layers of protection.

“The first layer is the radar,” SkyLock indicated, which has a detection range of up to 20km for large objects, 10km for medium-sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and 3.5km for smaller drones. The radar’s frequency is C and X band, depending on the customer’s needs; SkyLock chose these two bands for the radar because both can operate very well in adverse weather conditions compared to other radar bands. The radar is a 360˚ rotating radar, divided into 8 sectors and is capable of detecting 200 targets simultaneously.

The second and third layers, enclosed in the second part of the system, encompasses different technologies that allow for target acquisition, neutralisation and, if necessary, destruction,” SkyLock continued. This includes a thermal camera for day and night detection and identification, which can then track the target once it has been acquired. It also includes a radio frequency jamming system that cuts the transmission with the drone operator and can be used, within a 15km range, to neutralise the drone, force it away or ground it at its location.

The third layer is activated if the anti-drone operator chooses to neutralise the drone; this will be done with the laser burner, which can do enough damage to the drone at a range of 800m in 3 seconds for it to stop working.

SkyLock noted that they keep developing more layers to the system to face the continuously changing threats. One of these is the ability, for instance, for the laser system to deal with hundreds of targets at once. The anti-drone system has already been delivered to different clients around the world and can be used in for different purposes, including border control, army base or airport base protection.

SkyLock's radar and target acquisition, neutralisation and destruction systems. (Photo: Alix Valenti)

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