ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has won a major contract to provide the DRONE GUARD system, used for detection, identification and disruption of UAVs and drones, to Argentina. The system, of which hundreds of units around the world have been sold to date, features an integrated sensor system: a radar that detects flying objects; a dedicated COMINT system that identifies the drone by its transmission frequency and unique protocol (using the information to verify the target and reduce false positive rates); and a camera identification confirmation of the detected object.
The DRONE GUARD system sold to Argentina has been used for securing large-scale international events held in Buenos Aires this year, including the 2018 Youth Olympics, and the G20 Summit that took place in November. Massive events of this type pose an inherent risk for human lives due to potentially malicious activities by hostile parties. The use of drones has increased dramatically, concurrently with their growing capabilities and availability. In addition to public events, drones may be used to damage sensitive facilities or other aircraft, or for collecting intelligence, smuggling and even for carrying munition. They are hard to detect due to their small size and slow, low-altitude flight.
To confront this threat, ELTA Systems’ DRONE GUARD system has been developed to provide more effective reaction post detection and to block the drone’s communication capability without compromising the same capabilities of nearby civilian infrastructures. In this way, the operation of the hostile UAV is disrupted and neutralised. DRONE GUARD is based on a combination of 3D radars that track air targets, electro-optical and COMINT means, and a dedicated UAV flight disruption system.
“We are proud that Argentina has selected DRONE GUARD after evaluating local and global vendors. DRONE GUARD has proven its effectiveness in military and civilian applications worldwide, protecting facilities, areas and events across the globe. We are glad to help secure the major upcoming events in Buenos Aires,” observed ELTA’s CEO, Yoav Turgeman.