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Airbus, Selex ES Both Unveil Counter-UAV Systems

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Finmeccanica – Selex ES Launches Falcon Shield Counter-UAV System

(Source: Selex ES; issued Sept 15, 2015)

LONDON --- At DSEi 2015, Selex ES unveiled its Counter-Unmanned Air Vehicle (C-UAV) system, named Falcon Shield. Falcon Shield provides users with a multi-spectral threat sensing capability and, uniquely through the integration of an electronic attack capability, a multi-layered threat response.

This response introduces a capability to take control of a remotely-piloted drone and land it safely (a command link control intervention capability) prior to the need to defeat the threat by simple jamming or kinetic solutions. Consequently, the potential for undesired collateral effects is greatly minimised.

Falcon Shield is derived from Selex ES’s heritage associated with the provision of short-range defence solutions against a variety of airborne threats.

The rapid proliferation of micro/mini UAVs, also known as drones, is recognised globally as a growing potential threat to national and commercial security. Easy to make, cheap to buy, simple to fly and hard to detect, commercially available drones are one of the most quickly evolving technological threats to both military and civilian environments. Falcon Shield addresses this threat by providing users with a rapidly deployable, scalable and modular system to find, fix, track, identify and defeat the potential threat.

Falcon Shield makes use of Selex ES’s high-performance, passive electro-optical and electronic surveillance sensors, combined with scenario specific radar. These provide a fully integrated threat detection, identification and tracking capability which enables Falcon Shield to operate in environments that range from wide area through to high-clutter, ‘urban canyons’.

Incorporated within the Falcon Shield system is Selex ES’s unique electronic attack capability that provides users with the ability to disrupt or take control of the threat. Because Falcon Shield is inherently flexible, this electronic attack capability can be complemented by the integration of additional, optional kinetic effectors.

Ease of use, resulting in low user fatigue and reduced user training needs, is provided through use of the Selex ES Vantage Command, Control & Situation Awareness (C2SA) framework. This delivers an intuitive user interface and automated threat detection & tracking functions, including automated handover between detection and identification sensors.

The flexibility of the Vantage C2SA framework also enables the Falcon Shield system to be readily tailored and interfaced with existing customer specific security solutions as well as the customer’s security infrastructure.


Counter-UAV System from Airbus Defence and Space Protects Large Installations and Events from Illicit Intrusion

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued Sept 16, 2015)

ULM, Germany --- Airbus Defence and Space has developed a Counter-UAV System which detects illicit intrusions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over critical areas at long ranges and offers electronic countermeasures minimizing the risk of collateral damage.

"All over the world, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations such as military barracks, airports or nuclear plants", says Thomas Müller, head of the Electronics business line at Airbus Defence and Space. "As a specialist in defence electronics, we have all the technologies in our portfolio and the integration knowledge which are needed to set up a quick-response protection system with extremely low false alarm rates".

The system offers very high effectiveness by combining sensor data from different sources with latest data fusion, signal analysis and jamming technologies. It uses operational radars, infrared cameras and direction finders from Airbus Defence and Space's portfolio to identify the drone and assess its threat potential at ranges between 5 and 10 Kilometers. Based on an extensive threat library and realtime analysis of control signals a jammer then interrupts the link between drone and pilot and/or its navigation.

Furthermore, the direction finder tracks the position of the pilot who subsequently can be arrested. Due to the Smart Responsive Jamming Technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space, the jamming signals are blocking only the relevant frequencies used to operate the drone while other frequencies in the vicinity remain operational. Since the jamming technology contains versatile receiving and transmitting capabilities, more sophisticated measures like remote control classification and GPS spoofing can be utilized as well. This allows effective and specific jamming and also a controlled takeover of the UAV.

The Counter-UAV System has been tested extensively at Airbus Defence and Space's own premises and during customer presentations in Germany and France. Depending on the required configuration, an operational system would be available from mid-2016.