First shown at the LAAD show in Brazil some weeks ago, Rafael’s Drone Dome is making its European debut at Eurosatory.
The system is Rafael’s response to the growing threat from small drones, which not only pose an intrusive threat, but also a potentially lethal one as carriers of weapons.
Drone Dome combines a number of sensors to detect and track UAVs, including small Group 1 quadcopters. The system incorporates a Rada RPS-42 radar and a Controp MEOS electro-optical system with thermal imager and long-range daylight TV cameras.
Radio signal detectors are also included. The sensors can be combined into a single deployable installation, or tailored for fixed installations.
When a drone is detected, typically at about 3km range, the system then analyses the guidance and communication frequencies that are associated with it. RF jammers from Netline then scramble the drone’s GPS guidance or its wireless communications to neutralise it. The system can be controlled by a single person, who is provided with screens to show imagery from the electro-optical sensors and a tactical picture of the environment. Additional sensor stations can be integrated into the overall system to increase its coverage. Activation of the jammers to disable a drone can be initiated manually by the operator, or undertaken automatically by the system by applying preset algorithms.
Drone Dome is the latest in Rafael’s ‘Dome’ family of protective systems. The original, Iron Dome, provides rapid-response defence against rockets, mortars and aerial threats. Together with its Tamir interceptor vehicles, Iron Dome has been tested for a number of applications, including the C-Dome maritime version.