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ELTA Systems, an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) company, has unveiled a new and enhanced configuration of its DRONE GUARD system, which detects, identifies and disrupts the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and small drones. With hundreds of units already operational across the world, the new modular configuration has added a communications intelligence (COMINT) capability, for more precise detection, classification and identification based on broadcast frequency and unique communication protocol analysis and verification for neutralising threats. Furthermore, DRONE GUARD's 3D radars, electro-optical and jamming systems have all been upgraded with bolstered capabilities.

The use of commercially available UAS and small drones has increased dramatically over the past few years, as these platforms have become a potential threat to sensitive facilities, crowds, high profile individuals and other aircraft, due to their small size, low velocity, and low altitude flight. Small drones can be used for hostile applications such as unwanted intelligence gathering, smuggling and even as weapons carriers.

ELTA has responded to these challenges with new and enhanced DRONE GUARD capabilities. In addition to the current radar, EO and jamming capabilities, a hostile threat can now also be detected, classified and identified via the enhanced COMINT system. The system can effectively jam or disrupt a drone’s control channel and navigation by supporting an array of communication protocols that can fend off a single drone or even a swarm of drones from their intended target.

DRONE GUARD, with its new addition of COMINT capabilities, is a proven operational system for civilian and military applications that can meet the growing threats of hostile UAS and small drones. ELTA designed the DRONE GUARD to be modular, so that customers can choose the best combination that meets their operational and budgetary requirements in the most cost-effective manner. We at ELTA are dedicated to continue to develop the DRONE GUARD system to counter evolving threats and provide maximum security for our customers,” explained ELTA CEO, Yoav Tourgeman.

DRONE GUARD in action. (Photo: ELTA Systems)

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