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NATO gains C-UAS insight with SAPIENT

5th January 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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SAPIENT in action during a November 2021 NATO technical interoperability exercise. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

NATO tests standard approach for AI and autonomy in networked C-UAS systems.

The Sensing for Asset Protection with Integrated Electronic Networked Technology (SAPIENT) multi-sensor autonomous processing and fusion system developed by the UK Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has undergone successful trials with NATO.

As a result, ‘many suppliers’ of C-UAS technology have now adopted the SAPIENT standard and it has already been adopted by the UK MoD as the standard for C-sUAS technology, Dstl claimed on 5 January.

SAPIENT ‘successfully facilitated more than 70 connections’ between C-UAS and C2 systems for information exchange in a recent C-UAS technical interoperability exercise, Dstl added.

The exercise in November 2021 included testing the SAPIENT Interface Control Document as a candidate draft standard for C-UAS.

Using open architecture, SAPIENT enables autonomous sensors to make local decisions without constant attention from a human operator, fusing the output in an AI-enabled central hub.

David Lugton, Dstl project technical authority for C-UAS systems, said that the recent technical evaluation by NATO ‘paves the way to an open commercial market of SAPIENT-compliant C-UAS components and places the architecture as a crucial enabler as the demand for rapid C-UAS interoperability increases across the NATO nations’.

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