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L3Harris’ Counter Drone System to Protect Critical National Infrastructure in the UK

Space & Airborne Systems
Jun 25, 2020 | 3 MINUTE Read

Detecting, tracking and defeating drone threats is a complex problem for which no single sensor or defeat solution has demonstrated reliable performance across all operating environments.

Now, L3Harris is pioneering a novel approach that uses sensor-agnostic capability to integrate solutions from multiple world-class vendors providing the user a comprehensive picture of the operating area.

The technology is deployed at a secure facility in the U.K. where it detects and neutralizes malicious activity by unmanned aerial systems.

Brian Shand, Ph.D., Chief Engineer and CTO at L3Harris in Fleet, Hampshire, said, “The system uses proven multi-sensor correlation techniques, underpinned by core command and control software and electronic warfare countermeasures. These have been developed over many years and are proven to meet the most demanding military and operational requirements of the ground-based air defence and EW domains.”

The UAS system can incorporate any combination of quantity and capability of sensors, all connected to a unified command software. This future proofs the system and means that new and improved sensor and effector technologies can be integrated easily and cost effectively.

L3Harris worked with sensor solutions from Qinetiq, Rinicom and CRFS to develop the system deployed at an undisclosed facility in the U.K where it will provide 24/7 protection against drone threats.

Shand explains, “The user interface has been designed with the operator in mind. It offers a flexible configuration, accurate and timely situational awareness for fast, decisive action whether that be from a fixed location or installed in a vehicle. Our intention has always been to make this the most user-friendly, yet sophisticated, drone defence system in the world.”

Developing scalable and modular systems to meet the ever-evolving security challenges from a broad spectrum of adversaries has been a life’s work for Shand.

“With the rollout of our tech at this facility I’m proud that we are front and center in the fight against malicious drone use to attack and disrupt our national security and ultimately our way of life.”