DroneShield and Epirus, two companies specializing in counter-unmanned aerial systems (c-UAS) solutions revealed they are trialing the integration of their respective systems for a more effective solution for countering aerial threats.
DroneShield’s multi-sensor DroneSentry system coupled with Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave (HPM) counter-electronics/counter-UAS effector allows for a fully integrated C-UAS system that can track multiple threats and then engage with high-powered microwave countermeasures, the companies say.
DroneSentry incorporates radiofrequency, radar and electro-optic detection and tracking system as well as smart jamming UAS defeat module, powered by its DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control system.
Epirus’ Leonidas is a counter-electronics system with the power and precision to neutralize a single threat in tight, crowded spaces or disable multiple threats across a wide area simultaneously. Epirus’ approach to directed energy reduces the size and weight of the system and enables greater operator control and safety. Mounted on a gimble to increase manoeuvrability, the system can be deployed as a fixed or mobile capability enabling wide-area rapid response.
Epirus was awarded a US$66 million contract earlier this year for the stand-alone Leonidas systems.
In November 2022, Epirus made an investment of A$3.7 million (corresponding to approximately US$2.5 million) into DroneShield as it looks to expand its international partner ecosystem.
DroneShield CEO, Oleg Vornik, commented: “The combined system provides significantly expanded options for our US DoD, and in time, global customer base. Additionally, there are synergies on the business development front, which DroneShield and Epirus are already working on.”
“Epirus and DroneShield share common ethos of rapid pace, high tech innovation, to provide the warfighter with advanced technologies to protect against the rapidly rising threat of drones and other electronic threats. We are pleased to continue deepening the engagement over time,” Epirus CEO, Ken Bedingfield, added.