SRC announced on 2 February that it has been awarded a $65 million contract by the US Army to deliver an integrated counter-UAS solution, “to meet an urgent requirement to detect and defeat drones.” SRC will focus on engineering, production and sustainment, with additional work being performed by DRS Technologies.
Some 15 systems are to be procured, according to the US Department of Defense (DoD) announcement, which also reveals the SRC bid was the only one received. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.
SRC already has a C-UAS product for the ‘low and slow’ segment of the threat envelope. Named SILENT ARCHER, the system detects, tracks, classifies, identifies and disrupts drones in this category, which is of specific interest to the army’s current efforts. According to the company, SILENT ARCHER, “combine proven TRL 8/9 radar and EW systems, a camera, and a 3D user display to defeat hostile drones, whether a lone target or a swarm.”