TAMPA BAY (Florida, the USA), May 28, 2018, Author: Bm News Team, Photo: Sierra Nevada Corporation
Nowadays the development of sophisticated drone solutions goes hand in hand with the development of, sometimes, even better counter-drone solutions. Such is the case with the counter-drone system created by a team of Sierra Nevada that works on the move. The company showed its X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system installed on a Chevy Colorado pickup truck at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) from 21st to 24th May 2018, reported Defense News.
The C-UAS (Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System) was developed for a customer within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) over the past year by Sierra Nevada in partnership with Ascentvision and the Israeli company RADA Technologies Inc.
Sierra Nevada is responsible for the electronic warfare part of the solution, RADA – for the radar technologies, and Ascentvision – for the electro-optical, software and user-interface expertise.
The X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system can detect, identify and defeat threats on the move at up to 80 km/h and the good news is that only a single operator can manage the system from the cab of the Chevy Colorado pickup truck when such is the case.
Mounting on a truck is not the only option for the X-MADIS. It can be integrated on other military-specific platforms, including a Polaris MRZR vehicle, which has much smaller dimensions, and a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, as well as on a palette or a boat. The configuration, in which the current DoD customer uses it, is fixed.
The system was showcased on a pickup truck at SOFIC in order to be demonstrated that it can be used by non-DoD customers as well and when a climate-controlled, road-worthy vehicle would be chosen.