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THOR integrates C-UAS radar system
US-based Black Sage has extended its C-UAS collaboration with the DoD after providing a radar system and specialist software for integration with an electromagnetic weapon.
The radar provides precise targeting data for the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL’s) Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system.
Open architecture DefenseOS software from Black Sage receives and processes data from C-UAS radars and then exports it to Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2).
During a successful evaluation, the integrated C-UAS radar system, FAAD C2 and THOR weapon proved its capability to target and defeat UAVs.
THOR is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon, developed by the AFRL for airbase defence with non-kinetic defeat of multiple targets. It operates from a wall plug and uses high-power microwave energy.
‘Targets are identified, the silent weapon discharges in a nanosecond, and the impact is instantaneous,’ Black Sage noted in a 19 November announcement.
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