The world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat Anti- UAV Defence System (AUDS), developed by a trio of British companies – Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems – and integrated/supported in North America by Liteye Systems, has been selected by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for evaluation at US airports as part of its Pathfinder Programme.
According to the FAA, each month it receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appear to be unmanned aircraft flying too close to an airport or manned aircraft. It has become a serious safety concern for the agency and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The AUDS counter-UAV system, being shown by Blighter Surveillance Systems on Stand KJ657 in Hall 5, is very quick and typically takes 8-15 seconds.
The team has now carried out more than 400 hours of ‘live’ testing in government-related trials against more than 400 flown sorties of Group 1 UAVs.
AUDS integrates the Blighter Surveillance Systems A400 Series Ku-band electronic scanning air security radar, Chess Dynamics’ stabilised electro-optic director, infrared and daylight cameras and target tracking software, and a directional radio frequency (RF) inhibitor from Enterprise Control Systems to detect, track, classify, disrupt and defeat UAVs at ranges of up to 10km. The AUDS system is even effective against Group 1 micro UAVs at ranges of up to 2km and Group 1 mini UAVs at ranges of several kilometres. It is designed for countering drones or remotely piloted aircraft systems in remote border areas, at key infrastructure sites such as airports, airfields, nuclear power stations and oil refineries, or for protecting political or sporting events in urban areas. It can be operated from fixed locations and from mobile platforms.