Off-Board Sensing Solution programme for USAF blends sensor extension for crewed aircraft with an attritable offensive weapons capability.
Aeryon SkyRanger integrates with AUDS platform
This new partnership and integration aims to provide domestic security, public safety and other agencies the ability to deploy their SkyRanger sUAS within the AUDS protection area and identify and respond to enemy UAS threats.
This integration with the SkyRanger enables AUDS operators to view a real-time telemetry and video feed from the sUAS. Operators can export an AUDS search grid into the SkyRanger's Mission Control Software for directing the sUAS to potential threat locations.
They can also import flight plans from the SkyRanger into AUDS to keep the sUAS away from the impact area of the platform's non-kinetic defeat capabilities.
The AUDS platform is a second-generation system that can detect, track, identify and defeat hostile UAS. It was developed by a partnership of UK and US companies, and comprises daylight and thermal cameras, radar systems, video tracking and five non-kinetic defeat capabilities. Liteye Systems will demonstrate the system live in Colorado on 19-20 May 2016.
Dave Kroetsch, president and CEO of Aeryon, said: 'Many of the agencies looking at deploying AUDS are already operating Aeryon UAS. The integration with AUDS illustrates Aeryon’s commitment to resolve the totality of our customers’ UAS needs, and reinforces the distinction between SkyRanger and other UAS.'
Thomas Scott, president of Liteye Systems, said: 'Other UAS countermeasures platforms only deal with unfriendly UAS, but don’t account for the operator of that UAS or other unfriendly personnel that may be present. Since AUDS is simultaneous ground and air surveillance, by deploying the SkyRanger within the AUDS platform, AUDS is able to identify the operator of the unfriendly UAS and direct other ground-based or aerial assets to address the threat.'
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