Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) recently completed a further phase of field testing for its counter UAS (CUAS) system for the US Air Force (USAF), the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS). The testing focused on optimising the system for selected platforms and will continue to validate performance characteristics for the Air Force’s programmes, providing critical information for documenting operational procedures.
AVT was awarded the contract, valued at over $23 million (€20.8 million) this summer: it calls for multiple counter UAS systems (CUAS), the first of which is due to be delivered to the Air Force in December.
“Our X-MADIS units are in service around the world protecting combat forces, civilians and critical infrastructure, as well as some of the world’s most influential leaders,” said Lee Dingman, President at AVT. “We are honoured that the US Air Force selected the X-MADIS as their counter UAS solution to effectively fight hostile threats and protect their service members in the field […] AVT’s comprehensive training services focus on optimising the X-MADIS for the mission at hand […] We provide tailored training solutions for customers to help them make rapid and informed decisions when responding to sUAS threats.”
The rise of small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) misuse and drone attacks has escalated over the last few years, producing a critical demand for effective CUAS technology. The mission of the X-MADIS is to detect, locate, track, identify and defeat sUAS by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft. The X-MADIS is unique in that it accomplishes the mission while the unit is static or on the move.
AVT has seen rapid growth this year, achieving its strongest year yet for X-MADIS sales. The sales and contract awards are the result of extensive in-field testing and trials to demonstrate the capabilities of the X-MADIS to customers. AVT currently has two X-MADIS systems dedicated for customer demonstrations, training and testing exercises. Another phase of testing with the Air Force will take place later this month to further refine its specific mission parameters.
“With the growing threat of weaponized sUAS, the need for effective and reliable counter UAS technology has never been more crucial […] Our technology is combat-proven and ready to provide unmatched protection for a range of missions,” Dingman added.