A Sydney-based business that manufactures devices to detect and jam enemy drones has demonstrated one of its main products during a US Navy exercise.
It comes after DroneShield signed a landmark deal with the US Department of Defense in September last year.
The business said on Tuesday it had put its DroneSentry-X counter-UAS detect-and-defeat system to the test onboard the US Navy’s Stiletto maritime demonstration boat over a six-week period.
The exercise included testing the product’s detection capability, detection and defeat ranges, on-the-move operation and drone swarm defences.
“DroneSentry-X provides an unmatched capability and spectrum awareness for moving and fixed site platforms against a wide range of threats,” Oleg Vornik, CEO of DroneShield, said.
“We are pleased to complete this demonstration supporting an important part of the US Navy’s mission.”
The business describes the product as a “detection and optional mitigation platform” designed to be used for ground mobility operations, maritime security, and fixed-site base operations.
DroneShield had previous described the US Department of Defense as one of most demanding defence customers globally” and that the new innovations would allow it to stay “at the cutting edge of customer requirement”.
“This contract is a material milestone in cementing our close working relationship with the largest defence customer globally,” said Vornik. “In addition to expected purchases associated with this paid development contract, further orders for other DroneShield solutions are expected as part of developing a trusted supplier relationship with this customer.”
One of the other product’s the US is investing in, DroneShieldComplete, displays a map showing the position of drones on the sky by analysing environmental data.
It can alert users as to the drone’s likely threat and also create “disruption and exclusion zones” to protect certain areas.
Earlier this month, Australian Aviation reported how DroneShield signed a two-year defence contract worth $3.8 million from an undisclosed Five Eyes country.
Approximately $2 million of the total contract value is scheduled for the June and September quarters of 2021.
The Five Eyes group of countries share intelligence information, and its members include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US.
The business also signed a deal with a US company to place its technology onto tethered (TAV) drones.
The business’ deal with Zenith AeroTech will also see the latter company place a miniaturised radar into its TAV platforms, supporting counter-drone or drone swarm attacks.
Tethered drones are devices connected to the ground via a physical wire or cable, which enables them to fly for longer and boast more capabilities.