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The proliferation of counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technology continues across Europe with multiple new solutions unveiled at Eurosatory in Paris, France.

Elbit Elisra, MBDA and Aselsan all revealed new details regarding various solutions aimed at protecting forward deployed forces from small, low and fast-moving threats. 

MBDA unveiled the integration of a C-UAS capability into its Licorne C2 system which is already used to support Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) operations. The concept demonstrator comprised the integration of HGH’s Infrared tracking camera; a Sagem electro-optical camera; and Konsortium Engineering Activities System’s (KEAS’s) UAS jammer.

Detection, identification, tracking and targeting information is shared across Licorne in a command post or vehicle-mounted configuration dependent upon customer preference with company officials explaining to Shephard how the solution can also be integrated to radar solutions for extended coverage. 

KEAS’s UAS jammer has a maximum range of 2km for small UAS while the IR tracking camera can monitor targets up to 15km in range. 

Elsewhere, Elisra used Eurosatory to disclose details regarding its ReDrone C-UAS solution which over the course of 2017 completed test programmes with the Israeli Defense Forces, US Department of Homeland Security and Colombian National Police.

ReDrone’s passive detection solution is driven by a Radio Frequency (RF) Direction Finding payload which has been optimised to support urban operations, explained Irmin Menscher, VP marketing and business development at Elisra.

Speaking to Shephard, Menscher explained how the system could detect and identify the location of UAS operators before describing how the payload could also be integrated with radar and electro-optical sensors if required. 

Capable of being set up in less than 20 minutes, ReDrone has a maximum detection range of 1.5km although Menschler explained how the company was seeking to extend this to 3km in the next few months. 

The solution, which can be used in a standalone or networked configuration, operates between 2.4 and 5.8GHZ. 

Finally, Aselsan highlighted its Ihtar C-UAS solution at the show with Aydın Ozgu, business development coordinator at the company, confirming to Shephard how a total of 10 systems had already been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces for protection of critical national infrastructure.

The solution comprises a 360-degree Surveillance Radar capable of detecting targets at a range of 2km; EO/IR camera; and RF Jammer. Ozgu also explained how Aselsan was considering the integration of additional soft and hard kill effectors, including specialist RF bands to disable GPS signals and laser technology.