Hensoldt and Danish developer MyDefence announced at the Singapore Airshow on 11 February that they have received an order for a counter-UAS (C-UAS) system from an unnamed Southeast Asian customer.
The system will be integrated into anti-drone vehicles to monitor the challenging airspace of urban environments. The order marks another chapter in the story of Hensoldt’s XPELLER modular counter-UAS system and MyDefence’ robust RF-sensors and C2-system.
“Drones are becoming smaller and smaller. In an urban environment, where potential targets are grouped closely together, monitoring the airspace to detect unmanned threats and take action is a crucial and challenging task,” explains Markus Wolf, Head of Sales and Business Development at Hensoldt Ventures. “Our modular approach enables us to easily join forces with partners like MyDefence to offer the customer a perfectly tailored solution for his needs.”
The system to be delivered consists of one unit of HENSOLDT’s SPEXER 360 radar, to which MyDefence adds its networked WATCHDOG 200 direction-finding RF drone detector (WD200), as well as the command and control alarm system. The system will be used in an urban environment, a new challenge for the counter-UAS solution, which allows the user to see a detected threat on a map with an overlay of selected zones. An alarm is instantly displayed on the server screen.
“Since 2014 we have worked extensively to mature our RF-sensing capabilities to detect, classify and locate drones in urban environments, where the wireless spectrum is heavily congested from various types of wireless signals,” observes Dan Hermansen, CEO at MyDefence. “Through our cooperation with prisons, stadiums and police forces we have created a best-in-class solution that works as stand-alone as well as in larger solutions like XPELLER.”
XPELLER proved its performance several times in 2019, monitoring the G7 Summit in Biarritz, protecting the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget and securing the French national parade 14 July in Paris. MyDefence’ RF sensors have been in operational use since 2015 for military and civilian customers, and in large numbers have protected US troops in both rural and urban conflict areas.