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At the Avalon aerospace and defence exhibition in Geelong, VIC, this week, Hensoldt is showcasing its Xpeller counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solution, which detects the illicit intrusion of UAS over critical areas, even at long ranges, offering countermeasures to minimise the risk of collateral damage.

Globally, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations such as military barracks, airports or events,” commented Hensoldt’s Head of Asia Pacific, Nathan Manzi. “As a specialist in defence electronics, we have designed and provide a technical solution that meets the customer need: an integrated [concept of operations]; interfacing to other operational systems; lowest false alarms; no compromise to existing available spectrum and most importantly discretion.”

The modular Xpeller family includes sensors such as radars and cameras, as well as direction finders and jammers. Xpeller uses these sensors to rapidly detect and identify a drone and assess its threat potential at ranges from a few hundred metres to several kilometres. This enables the operator to take timely and appropriate action against a possible threat. The modular Xpeller system concept allows customised solutions to be created, by combining individual devices from the product family, depending on customer requirements and local conditions.

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The Xpeller, revealed in 2017, is the first integrated medium-range radar-based surveillance system to address the need for detecting and tracking small aerial threats, Hensoldt claims. (Photo: Mönch archive)

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