DroneShield advances drone detection tech, enhances test site

Command container module deployed at DroneShield’s Blue Mountains test site, including the RPS-82 radar. Image credit: DroneShield

ASX-listed DroneShield announced the addition of the long-range RADA RPS-82 radar to its flagship DroneSentry system in an effort to serve its most demanding multi-sensor customer deployments.

This addition equips DroneSentry operators with advanced radar detection, classification, and tracking capabilities for comprehensive surveillance and multi-mission requirements, the company said in a press release.

According to DroneShield, the RADA RPS-82 radar product is highly regarded in the field of counter-drone technology and has been widely adopted by the US Department of Defence and partner forces worldwide.

The RPS-82 was integrated into the DroneSentry system of sensors rapidly, leveraging the modular and open architecture of DroneSentry-C2, DroneShield’s enterprise common operating picture platform.

This development enables DroneShield to offer high-performance yet cost-effective solutions, catering to diverse customer requirements and budgets.

Angus Bean, CTO of DroneShield, highlighted the company’s unique position as both a sensor manufacturer and integrator.

“DroneShield is unique globally, in being both a sensor maker and an integrator, developing and manufacturing all of our products, except for the hardware of radars and cameras, where we partner with best-in-breed specialist manufacturers,” Bean said.

He added, “Our command-and-control DroneSentry-C2 system then intelligently fuses the output from various sensor types through our proprietary SFAI sensorfusion module, producing an easy-to-understand situational awareness and extensive reporting functionality.”

In addition to this technological advancement, DroneShield has invested in upgrading its Blue Mountains remotely operated facility.

The facility’s enhancements aim to accelerate platform development and testing, leveraging real-world deployment insights, particularly from regions like Ukraine where drone threats have gained prominence.

The improved facility is set to expedite firmware updates to DroneShield’s customer base.

The addition of RPS-82 to DroneSentry systems is expected to have a material impact on sales, although exact figures are yet to be quantified.