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Posted: 2019-04-01 22:40:10

Unauthorized or rogue drones flying at the wrong place at the wrong time could end up in a “Clash of the Titan” following successful testing of a new counter-drone solution.

Photo courtesy of Citadel Defense

C-UAS provider Citadel Defense Company this past week launched anti-drone product Titan after six months of testing.

The array detects drone controllers, video and Wi-Fi links for individual drones and swarms and can then bring them down.

Titan is designed for easy set-up (about 5 minutes) and deployment for military, government or commercial use. Portability can especially be important for mobile military operations where drone activity can disrupt a mission. So far, the company has won six government contracts for Titan.

A company statement notes:

“Titan provides the user real-time information, identifying and classifying an approaching unmanned aerial vehicle or swarm, and selectively applying precise countermeasures to induce the UAV to land or return to its home base.  Citadel Defense uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and software defined hardware technology to rapidly address new threats – making sure the effectiveness of protecting people and assets is always ahead of the ever-evolving threat.”

Citadel CEO Christopher Williams adds:

“The system’s ease of use coupled with the fact that it can operate in environments where communications are critical, like major cities, airports, or aboard large ships, provide users with a flexible solution for many missions.  Citadel’s escalating countermeasure approach is a unique advantage for customers because it can effectively detect, identify, and defeat drones with limited collateral affects to other important signals like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications.”

Other Counter-drone News

Last month, Dedrone completed a nine-month study about the threat of drones flying over prisons.  The company presented an incident page detailing several alarming accounts in which drones were used to drop contraband to prisoners.

In July, Australian-based DroneShield announced approval of the company’s product suite for placement on the American government’s General Services Administration funding schedule.

In June, Israeli firm RADA Electronic Industries won a contract with the British Army to deploy a solution that includes the company’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars embedded in the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Drone Dome counter-drone solution. RADA’s MHR provides 360-degree surveillance and detects drones at distances of 3-5 kilometers. 

A 2018 study predicts the drone mitigation (or anti-drone) market will to grow to a billion-dollar industry within six years with predicted compound annual growth rate of 23.89 percent to 2022.

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