Air Platforms

US Army contracts SRC to develop and field a new counter-UAV system

03 February 2017
The US Army is looking to protect its troops in the field against the 'low and slow' unmanned aircraft that are proliferating throughout the world. Source: UAV Solutions

The US Army is to field a new counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to protect against 'low and slow' threats on the battlefield.

A USD65 million contract awarded to Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) on 31 January covers the development, production, integration, delivery, deployment, and sustainment of up to 15 sets "to meet the mission requirements of the acceleration phase of the joint urgent operational need", the Department of Defense (DoD) said. As noted by the DoD, was that the bid from SRC was the only one received.

Work will be performed in North Syracuse, New York, with an estimated completion date of 30 January 2018.

SRC is a not-for-profit research and development company that "applies science, technology, and information to solve grand challenge problems in the areas of defence, environment and intelligence," the company says on its website. For the US Army contract, it will partner with DRS Technologies Inc.

SRC has already developed a C-UAV system called Silent Archer that is says is operationally ready and field proven. Silent Archer detects, tracks, classifies, identifies, and disrupts the low and slow and small UAVs that are the subject of the US Army's latest effort.

"SRC's Silent Archer counter-unmanned aircraft system [C-UAS] offering combines proven TRL 8/9 radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, a camera, and a 3D user display to defeat hostile drones, whether a lone target or a swarm. It provides spatial, frequency and optical surveillance capabilities to detect, track, classify and identify the airborne threat. It then applies low-cost, low risk electronic methods to disrupt the UAS, such as jamming the communications links between the operator and the aircraft," the company's website notes.

It adds that SRC has successfully demonstrated the Silent Archer system's ability to detect, track, identify and defeat UAVs at US government-sponsored C-UAV test events such as the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) Black Dart event, the Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA), Network Integration Evaluation (NIE), and Maneuvers and Fires Integrated Exercise (MFIX).

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