DroneShield completes drone system integration with Epirus’ C-UAS system

DroneShield's counter-drone system DroneSentry. Image credit: DroneShield

DroneShield has successfully integrated its multi-sensor DroneSentry system with Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave counter-electronics/counter-UAS effectors. 

The combination of the two systems creates a fully integrated C-UAS system capable of tracking multiple threats and engaging with high-powered microwave countermeasures that will provide critical defensive capabilities to DroneShield’s military, government, and other customers. 

In an ASX announcement issued today, DroneShield said its DroneSentry system incorporates radiofrequency, radar, and electro-optic detection and tracking system, as well as smart jamming UAS defeat module, powered by its DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control system. 

“The combined system provides significantly expanded options for our US DoD, and in time, global customer base. Additionally, there are synergies on the business development front, which DroneShield and Epirus are already working on,” said Oleg Vornik, chief executive officer, DroneShield

US-based tech company Epirus developed Leonidas, a counter-electronics system designed to neutralize a single threat in tight, crowded spaces or disable multiple threats across a wide area simultaneously. 

Epirus’ approach to directed energy is intended to significantly reduce the size and weight of the system and enables greater operator control and safety. 

The Leonidas system can be deployed as a fixed or mobile capacity, enabling wide-area rapid response. 

The US tech company recently secured a USD 66 million contract with the US government for the delivery of stand-alone Leonidas systems. In November 2022, the company made a $3.7 million investment in DroneShield as part of its efforts to expand its international partner ecosystem. 

“Epirus and DroneShield share common ethos of rapid pace, high tech innovation, to provide the warfighter with advanced technologies to protect against the rapidly rising threat of drones and other electronic threats. We are pleased to continue deepening the engagement over time,” Epirus CEO Ken Bedingfield said.