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DSEI 2021: Leonardo Supports Transatlantic C-UAS Collaboration

NINJA Integrated into ORCUS

Leonardo has integrated US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) NINJA [Negation of Improvised Non-State Joint Aerial threats] technology into the RAF’s ORCUS counter-drone system, the company announced at DSEI on 15 September.

The company has previously delivered four complete baseline ORCUS systems to the RAF for the Synergia R&D programme, to also be used as a national standby capability in support of emergency services. Leonardo C-UAS technology was used by the RAF during the recent G7 summit in Cornwall.

The integration follows the compny’s delivery of four complete baseline ORCUS C-UAS systems to the RAF. ORCUS plays a key role in the RAF’s wide-ranging ‘Synergia’ R&D programme, managed by the DE&S Future Capability Group. ORCUS is also being maintained as a national standby capability, able to rapidly respond to a drone-based crisis anywhere in the UK in support of Emergency Services.

UK and US armed forces are collaborating on fixed site C-sUAS through the Synergia programme, and ORCUS operators have already amply demonstrated the capability of a coherent system, such as ORCUS/NINJA, to detect and mitigate the effects of dozens of small drone platforms in the airspace around airbases.

Developed by AFRL, NINJA can electronically take command of a hostile drone. Its integration into ORCUS provides another tool for operators to defeat rogue drones, in addition to the system’s existing

Leonardo completed integration of NINJA into ORCUS, and the complete system underwent evaluation this August at the RAF Spadeadam EW tactics facility. The trials saw ORCUS employed to detect, track, identify and defeat simulated drone engagements. (Image: Leonardo)

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