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The proliferation of the threat to security, infrastructure and commercial life from small, off-the-shelf UAS or drones has reached alarming proportions. Drone-related incidents are rarely out of the headlines and our broadcast media regularly emphasizes the apparent vulnerability of modern society to a wide – and growing – range of threats to our security, as well as to issues such as privacy and preservation of intellectual property. Regardless of operator intent, drones pose a security risk.

To counter these rapidly-developing UAS threats, accurate type classification of any detected drone is critical to the subsequent decision-making process. Rohde & Schwarz’ ARDRONIS Counter-UAS (CUAS) solution provides reliable drone control uplink signal detection and disruption capabilities, even under challenging signal scenarios. Modular and scalable, ARDRONIS can be deployed on a variety of platforms and readily integrated to suit specific threat profiles, with numerous systems already operational with government users.

ARDRONIS effectively detects and disrupts a UAS control uplink signal at a very early stage. It monitors remote control uplink and drone downlink signals in all relevant frequency bands, able to detect and locate these at an approx. typical range of 1.5km, rising to as much as 7km under optimal conditions.

“R&S ARDRONIS combines leading Rohde & Schwarz sensors to form a reliable, high-performance solution for, e.g. securing a predefined airspace against drones,” comments Götz Mayser, Director of C-UAV Detection and Counter Solutions. “Through repeated involvement in protecting high-profile events and high-ranking VIPs, R&S ARDRONIS has proven to be a valuable asset for security services involved and a future-proof solution.”

With partners ESG and Diehl Defence, Rohde & Schwarz also offers a mission-proven modular multisensor UAS detection and defence system designated GUARDION, which combines ARDRONIS with other sensor and countermeasures technologies. Already tried and tested in major political events and in operation with multiple customers worldwide, GUARDION provides secure detection and defence against drones in stationary, mobile or deployable configurations, adapted to the individual requirements of customers and circumstances.

In airport security arena, Rohde & Schwarz also offers advanced IP-based communications systems for modern air traffic management networks, as well as test and measurement and direction-finding solutions that automatically locate and identify communicating aircraft on radar screens.

 

ARDRONIS reliably detects and disrupts drone control uplink signals, even under crowded, congested, confused and challenging signal conditions. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

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