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AUSA 2022: Leonardo DRS coalition unveils single Stryker C-UAS

Leonardo DRS and its industry partners are unveiling a single-vehicle C-UAS at the AUSA 2022 conference in Washington, DC, from 10 to 12 October. (Leonardo DRS)

Leonardo DRS, along with seven industry partners, spent the past year designing, integrating, and testing a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) based on a single Stryker Double-V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICVVA1) that it will showcase at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2022 conference in Washington, DC, from 10 to 12 October.

Ed House, Leonardo DRS's senior director for land systems, provided Janes with an initiative overview on 4 October ahead of the annual meeting in Washington, DC. This new single-vehicle capability was born, in part, from the company's work with the army on the Mobile, Low, Slow, Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System (M-LIDS) programme − a two-vehicle C-UAS system based on the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV).

During the AUSA 2021 conference, Leonardo DRS approached the service about working on a fully integrated C-UAS capability based on a single vehicle, House said.

“We were then challenged to go out and build a coalition … which we did,” he added. With Leonardo DRS in the role of lead systems integrator, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Northrop Grumman, RADA USA, Moog, and Ampex joined forces to help develop this new demonstrator.

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