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Rostec unveils Sapsan-Bekas mobile C-UAV system

03 July 2019
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Rostec subsidiary Avtomatika has developed a new mobile counter-UAV system called the Sapsan-Bekas. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

Avtomatika Concern, a subsidiary of the state-owned Russian corporation Rostec, took the opportunity at the Army 2019 exhibition, held in Kubinka near Moscow from 25-30 June, to showcase its new Sapsan-Bekas mobile counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system.

According to the manufacturer, the Sapsan-Bekas C-UAV system can detect small UAVs with a radar cross-section of 0.01 m 2 or 0.1 m 2 at ranges of up to 4.5 km and 8.1 km, respectively. It can then track detected threats and spoofs on their guidance systems up to 6 km away.

The Sapsan-Bekas comprises three subsystems - an electronic detection and direction-finding unit, a radar and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) tracking device, and an electronic warfare (EW) device.

Rostec's executive director, Oleg Evtushenko, said that the Sapsan-Bekas can suppress both civil- and military-grade UAVs.

"The system engages drones working in a band between 400 MHz and 6 GHz and functions in both manual and automatic modes," Evtushenko explained. "It is mounted on a mobile platform that features high maneuverability, which is important for both civil and military customers."

The Sapsan-Bekas' Luch EW system is designed to suppress a UAV's navigation, control, and data transfer channels, conducting simultaneous jamming in 11 RF bands. The device can discriminate targets and can enable registered UAVs to remain operational within its jamming range.

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