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Airservices, Thales to begin drone surveillance trials at Sydney Airport

written by Staff reporter | June 14, 2022


Airservices Australia has selected European aerospace company Thales to lead a new drone surveillance trial around Sydney Airport, to detect rogue drones – and their pilots.

Airservices has named Thales as its primary systems integrator for the Integrated Drone Surveillance System (IDSS) trial, integrating an array of sensors and C2 systems to identify potential drone threats.

Under the program, it is expected that Thales will deliver a “system of systems” that integrates an array of sensors and command and control capabilities, enabling the classification and identification of drone of threats around the Kingsford Smith Airport.

The system will generate a 3D holographic radar which has been utilised by airports in the United Kingdom, Asia and the Pacific to detect all sizes of drones with trials expected to commence this year.


It is expected that the system will also be able to locate the drone’s pilot.

Airservices Australia is a federally owned organisation that manages 11 per cent of the world’s airspace.

“Airservices, in partnership with Australian government agencies, implemented drone detection capabilities at major airports across Australia several years ago,” Peter Curran, Airservices Australia chief customer experience and strategy officer, said.

“As uncrewed aircraft technologies continue to evolve and increase in use, we are investing in solutions that keep pace with latest developments.

“Our partnership with Thales allows us to trial next-generation drone detection capabilities to enhance the safe operation of crewed and uncrewed flights operating together in Australian airspace.”

According to Christophe Salomon, executive vice president land and air systems at Thales, the trial represents years of cutting-edge drone research and development by the company.

“We are looking forward to starting trials in partnership with Airservices Australia, to enhance their detection capabilities of drones,” Salomon said.

“This partnership strengthens our collaboration of more than 30 years and represents a key building block for our strategy.

“Over the years, Thales has developed a strong expertise and experience to master the entire drone ecosystem to offer cutting-edge solutions,” he added.

“Indeed, we have demonstrated our ability to be a strong player in the field of airport air surveillance and anti-drone systems, through various worldwide references to date and our 3D holographic radar system solution is becoming a ‘game changer’ in protecting aircraft from rogue drones whilst maintaining airport operations.”

Article courtesy of Defence Connect.

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