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Counter-drone solutions from East and West proliferate at IDEX 2023

27th February 2023 - 09:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Abu Dhabi


Laser C-UAS systems are good at certain things, but they have limited applications and often need to be augmented with other countermeasures. (Photo: Raytheon Technologies)

There was no shortage of UAVs on display at IDEX 2023 in Abu Dhabi, and many companies brought their counter-drone systems too.

Several companies showcased their counter-UAS (C-UAS) solutions at IDEX 2023, including well-known defence giants and small companies too.

The Raytheon Technologies stand sported a replica of its high-energy laser (HEL) C-UAS system as the US Army is a few weeks away from deploying them.

Raytheon’s director of requirements and capabilities for international HEL and C-UAS Jeff Newsom told Shephard that the service said it will begin using the first three systems in March or April, but the USAF has been using it since 2021.

‘We currently have four customers, the US customers are in the public domain but others asked

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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