Capitalising on its successful first steps into the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, Rohde & Schwarz has teamed up with ESG and Diehl to expand and enhance the Ardronis suite into a new product line under the Guardion designation.
The new system includes a wide range of sensor, command-and-control (C2), and effector subsystems resulting in a modular, scalable architecture addressing a more complex threat envelope. Guardion leverages Rohde & Schwarz’s radio-monitoring and smart jamming solutions while also introducing an advanced C2 functionality based on ESG’s TARANIS products, along with other modern effectors from Diehl.
The baseline configuration for Guardion features a vehicular or static long-range surveillance radar to provide early-warning functionality. This is complemented by broadband scanning and monitoring modules to both detect/classify and locate/localise UAVs and their ground control station (GCS) elements because radio-frequency (RF) detection can be achieved early on, including before a UAV has been launched. Additional verification is provided by a suite of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) cameras that offer a greater degree of certainty to Guardion operators and an acoustic array to enable analysis and localisation of the aircraft’s acoustic signature. All detection elements can be fitted onto non-specialist vehicles, with radar, CESM and EO/IR elements installed on the platform or set up in a static configuration on tripods or mobile masts. Alternatively, these same components can be established at a permanent site.
At the core of Guardion is the ESG TARANIS suite, a mature product with multiple deployments and field-proven capability for complex C2 functions such as secure and real-time transmission of situational awareness (SA) data.
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