Israeli company provides drone radio frequency system to US military and FBI needs
TEL AVIV, (BM) – D-Fend Solutions, an Israeli counter-drone solution provider, has been selected by the United States’ Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to provide the EnforceAir c-UAS system as the core Radio Frequency system to be integrated into a counter-drone system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting The Jerusalem Post.
EnforceAir c-UAS is an advanced autonomous system that automatically and passively detects, locates and identifies rogue drones as well as mitigates risk by taking control over them and landing them safely at a predefined safe zone, applying a non-jamming & non-kinetic technology which does not require line-of-sight, making it ideal for all complex environments, whether urban or rural.
The company has been working for the past two years with the US Assistant Secretary of Defense Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) to co-develop D-Fend’s EnforceAir advanced C-sUAS (Counter small Unmanned Aerial System) capabilities.
Over the course of 2019, EnforceAir was successfully deployed by more than twenty U.S DOD, DHS, and DOJ units and agencies against the growing threat of hostile commercial drones. Some of the agencies currently operating D-Fend’s EnforceAir are the US Special Operations Forces, US Army, FBI, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), US Marshal Service and others.
“EnforceAir has demonstrated top C-sUAS performance, due to D-FEND’s continuous upgrades & spiral development based on direct feedback from small tactical team operators deployed OCONUS & CONUS” said Michael J. Trexler, ASD SOLIC CTTSO Tactical Ops Program Manager. “D-Fend increasingly plays a key role in our ongoing efforts to help keep our soldiers and country safe.”
According to the company, the DIU supported a number of Department of Defense (DOD) customers in evaluating component technology during Black Dart 2019-the largest DoD live-fly, live-fire counter UAS technology demonstration focused on rapid development and implementation of C-UAS technology from readily-available commercial and governmental products.
EnforceAir was selected from a field of 16 companies as “a best-in-its-class RF system for follow-up integration and operational assessment.” DIU further tested EnforceAir’s ability to integrate into a “system of systems” at a government test facility during a Counter Drone event in November.
Counter Drone test and evaluation events are designed to comprehensively assess c-UAS technologies, the company said in a statement, adding that the tests and evaluations allow the DoD to fully understand the complexity of designing, developing and fielding integrated system of systems for the problems posed by c-UAS.
“Being selected as the best RF solution by the DOD is a remarkable achievement for D-Fend” said Zohar Halachmi, Chairman & CEO of D-Fend. “We are proud to be a unique and essential part of a mission critical solution that protects US assets, troops and citizens.”
“D-Fend’s EnforceAir continues to demonstrate outstanding capabilities, surpassing all other c-UAS solutions.” said Greg Gudger, President & CEO of ELTA North America, the exclusive marketer of D-Fend Solutions in the US. “We are honored to officially represent D-Fend in the US and support the DOD’s efforts.”
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