Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering to integrate the laser ‘kill’ system it has developed for its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system onto South Korea’s own domestically built solution.
Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017, a Rafael representative who asked not to be identified for security reasons said that, while South Korea has decided to adopt its own C-UAV system, this currently has no ‘kill’ element to it. The laser that Rafael originally developed for its Iron Beam counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) system and later adapted for the Drone Dome as the ‘Lite Beam’ could be easily integrated, the representative said.
As noted by the representative, in its entirety the Drone Dome comprises three separate elements that combine to provide protection against illicit UAVs out to a detection range of approximately 3 km and a kill range of approximately 2 km. These elements are the detection system, command and control (C2), and the kill effector.
Detection is provided by a combination of a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission 90 degree hemispheric radar (four radars to give a full 360 degree coverage) and a Controp MEOS electro-optical (EO)/infrared surveillance suite; C2 by a command console; and the effector, which can be the Lite Beam laser, jamming, or even a high-pressured water gun depending on the threat.
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