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Milipol Asia 2017: Drone Dome operational in Asia

5th April 2017 - 01:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


Fearing copycat weaponised UAVs such as those used by ISIS, and learning from security breaches in various countries, many potential Asian customers are considering Rafael's Drone Dome system to protect installations and key events.

Despite only being unveiled in April 2016, the Drone Dome is already operational in an unspecified Asian country.

'As these drones are so easily accessible and easy to operate, it will grow furthermore as a threat,' said Meir Ben Shaya, Rafael's C4I business development manager. 'Many Asian customers understand this.'

Drone Dome is made up of three main components: RADA's RPS-42 radar subsystem, Controp's MEOS observation subsystem and Netline's C-Guard RD & NetSense subsystem.

The radar's detection range of 16km also works against a minimum target size of 0.002m² at 3.2km. Up to four radars can be arranged to ensure full 360º azimuth and 90º elevation coverage. The operator can detect targets as soon as the remote control is turned on.

Upon detection, the camera subsystem is slaved to the radar to give the operator positive identification of the target UAV. The camera has a 50x optical zoom, 2.5x super narrow extender and an infrared capability for all-weather and night operations.

When a threat enters the neutralisation area, a mobile directional jammer blocks all VHF, UHF, ISM, GPS and Wi-Fi links across the 20-6,000MHz frequency ranges. As the jammer covers about 70º, it avoids interfering with UAVs operating in permitted areas.

'We believe that Asian potential is very big, and they need it because they have many tough neighbourhoods like us [Israel],' Shaya said.

Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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