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DeTect showcases Harrier system at MFIX

2nd February 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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DeTect has demonstrated its Harrier counter-UAS system at the US Army’s Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, the company announced on 25 January.

Originally built to protect air force bases from birds, the Harrier jammer operates in directional and omni-directional modes depending on the need. Directional negation enables the user to identify the friendly and enemy forces on a screen and select the nodes to defeat to avoid collateral damage. Omni-directional negation sends an umbrella defence, negating all UAS within its radius.

The Harrier system uses a thermal imaging camera so the radar can track a target across the landscape in addition to having eyes on target for a visual confirmation. The thermal camera allows the user to track targets at night and also in extreme weather.

The company is currently working on integrating a manoeuvre aviation fires application, a communications system that will enable soldiers to disrupt the system on a UAS. The main objective is to reduce the workload so that the operator can ‘push a button’ and the system will effectively disable the target.

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