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DroneShield to boost production of CUAS systems in face of rising demand

20th June 2024 - 08:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Paris

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DroneSentry-X is in service with US forces. (Photo:DroneShield)

Eurosatory exhibitor DroneShield has a heritage in the CUAS and is riding high with demand for its products from small UAS detectors to the large DroneSentry-X system.

Australian company DroneShield is looking to more than double the rate it builds DroneSentry-X Mk2 CUAS systems by the end of the year having already increased its factory space by eight-times in the face of demand from the US and international customers looking to buy systems.

The company has seen increasing demand for its established range of CUAS products such as RFPatrol Mk2 and DroneGun, the latter being supplied to Ukraine forces by the Australian Government, in the face of increased risks.

Speaking to Shephard at Eurosatory 2024, DroneShield director Red McClintock said the company was looking to “increase production of DroneSentry-X Mk2s from the current 20–40 per month to 100 units monthly by the end of the year” with increased space and improved practices driving the increase.

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The company is also sending 450 DroneGun Mk4s and 450 RFPatrol drone detection devices out the door every month.

DroneSentry-X Mk2 is a 46kg system which is designed for surface vessels, unmanned platforms, static installations and vehicles, the latter being highlighted as a capability beyond offensive vehicles.

McClintock noted the importance of providing a detection capability for logistics vehicles with forces noting the increased protection of military vehicles meaning the former were being attacked more often as a means of “starving forward forces of fuel and supplies”. A key advantage of the system in support of logistics vehicles is that it is bolted on.

The company is cautious in the data it provides on capability but notes detection is beyond 3km and disruption at more than 1km, however, it is likely these figures are conservative.

“On top of this detection is DroneSentry-C2, the command and control that builds on multiple inputs from DroneShield and third-party sensors,” McClintock said.

“With the use of two vehicles [fitted with DroneSentry-X Mk2] it is possible to detect a UAS and also geolocate an operator by finding the intersection of signals.”

Shephard's Eurosatory 2024 coverage is sponsored by:

BAE Systems

DroneSentryX

DroneGun

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