The UK Government has approved funding of 2 million pounds ($ 2,57 million) for 18 projects that will develop anti-drone and drone detection technologies.
The funding is part of a competition run by the United Kingdom Department of Defense (MOD) Acceleration and Defense (DASA) program. MOD officials approved the funding earlier this year in April, following a series of amateur drone intrusions that froze air travel at several airports across the country. United Kingdom.
In fact, we are talking about a three-day event at London's Gatwick Airport shortly before Christmas last year and another January cancellation day at Heathrow, one of the largest airports in the world.
In April, MOD, through DASA, asked the private sector for solutions detection and the elimination of UAS (minor threats to unmanned aerial systems).
IT companies and defense contractors take six months to find new ones technologies which could do one of two things: (1) detect the nearest drones and (2) eliminate the incoming threats before they reach their target.
This week, DASA announced the 18 funded projects and ideas they will develop.
The winners will now enter a two-phase process. In the 1 phase, participants will have to develop their own theoretical suggestions for brainstorming projects. This first phase will last until summer of 2020. In the 2 phase, projects that receive approval will continue to develop their evidence of products that can be integrated into live environments.
The complete list of 18 funded projects (approximately £ 100.000 each) by DASA is as follows:
- Airspeed Electronics Ltd - to develop an artificial intelligence detection system that uses acoustic sensors.
- Animal Dynamics - to develop a UAS swarm system for the detection and neutralization of UAVs.
- Autonomous Devices Limited - to develop monitoring technology.
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd - to develop UAS electromagnetic defeat.
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd - to develop passive radar for UAV detection.
- Cubica Technology Ltd - to develop a long-distance UAV automatic recognition and targeting system.
- MBDA UK Ltd - to demonstrate an integrated system for detecting, monitoring and preventing enemy drones.
- Northrop Grumman - develop the UAS defeat using cyber and sensor vulnerabilities.
- Northumbria University - to develop anti-swarm drone technology.
- PA Consulting - to develop a cell-controlled UAS detection system.
- Plextek Services Limited - to develop UAS signal detection and interference capability.
- Plextek Services Limited - to develop a miniature Counter-UAS radar.
- QinetiQ - to develop a drone tracking system in complex environments.
- QinetiQ - to develop a "hard kill" to disrupt electronic UAVs.
- RiskAware Ltd - to develop an automated target tracking and tracking system.
- Thales UK - develop a machine learning for Counter-UAS radar.
- University College London - to develop signal processing and machine learning algorithms to detect drones in areas of population density.
- An additional proposal, subject to contract.
The aim of this project, Mr Catherall said, is to protect infrastructure vital from smaller drones that can wander in areas where they should not - such as airports, hospital helicopters or military bases.
The new technology developed by DASA should be small, cheap and portable, as it will probably be deployed throughout the UK and costs and size should not be factor which can "ban" on applications be used by the real world.
The advantage here is that agencies and government agencies will not need to set up a station that will impede legitimate radio frequency and interrupts the secondary services, but will only use a small jammer aimed only at the attacker.
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