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Bringing Down Drones

Hensoldt Successfully Demonstrates UAV Countermeasures

As part of a major product demonstration on the Airbus airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Hensoldt, a leading independent sensor house, recently demonstrated counter-UAV measures using a combination of radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer to representatives from the police, industrial companies, airport operators and armed forces. The aim of this exercise was to provide performance proof of the company’s XPELLER counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (CUAV) system to protect airports and critical infrastructure.

For the demonstration, the individual elements of the system were positioned in such a way as to ensure optimum surveillance of the whole area. This involved seamlessly integrating XPELLER into the airfield’s infrastructure and proving its compatibility with all the other local systems. The UAV countermeasure also managed to reliably detect drones starting from different locations.

The visitors considered it to be a particular success that the Hensoldt system was able to reliably detect even extremely small UAVs at a distance of several kilometres and to identify them as threats, says the company.

The modular XPELLER product family includes various sensors such as radar, camera and radio frequency detectors as well as direction finders and jammers. XPELLER uses sensors to detect and identify a drone and assess its threat potential at ranges from a few hundred metres up to several kilometres. Based on real-time analyses of the control signals, a jammer then interrupts the link between drone and pilot or interferes with its navigation.


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