Spain picks AUDS to detect, defeat UAVs
The Spanish Defence Ministry has selected the AUDS counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to protect critical assets and personnel from malicious UAVs, it was announced on 21 June.
The contract, which is worth around $2.2 million, was awarded through Blighter in Spain CIAC.
The AUDS system was designed and manufactured by a group of UK-based companies, including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems, in 2015.
The AUDS system can detect, track, identify and defeat a UAV within 15 seconds at a range of up to 10 km. The system uses the electronic scanning micro-Doppler radar to detect a UAV, precision infrared and daylight cameras and advanced video tracking software to track it, and a non-kinetic radio frequency inhibitor to defeat the UAV.
The AUDS enables the operator to effectively take control of a UAS and force a safe landing. The system is military grade, and can operate in harsh environments. It is functional in all weather, day or night and the disruption is flexible, proportional and operator controlled.
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