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WDS 2022: MARSS targets Middle East market for C-UAS interceptor

7th March 2022 - 19:13 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Riyadh


Will Saudi Arabia be the launch customer for the new C-UAS interceptor from MARSS? (Photo: Leonid Nersisyan)

An AI-enabled interceptor UAV from MARSS is designed to engage up to three targets per sortie - will Saudi Arabia be the first to order it?

MARSS unveiled an AI-enabled interceptor UAV on 7 March during the World Defense Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the company, the primary role of the new (as yet unnamed) UAV is to counter hostile drones in urban areas while causing minimal collateral damage. 

MARSS hopes to declare IOC for the C-UAS interceptor in Q1 2023, and the most likely first customer is Saudi Arabia.

Company representatives claimed that the new interceptor costs about $30,000-40,000 and is at least five times more cost-effective than traditional short-range SAM systems.

The interceptor is integrated into the existing NiDAR C4I product from MARSS. NiDAR fuses multiple surveillance data streams — including radar, EO,

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Leonid Nersisyan


Leonid Nersisyan

Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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