Spanish Defence to Now Use AUDS System to Detect and Neutralize UAVs

The Spanish Defence Ministry has selected the Blighter AUDS counter-UAV system to protect critical assets and personnel from the threats posed by malicious unmanned aircraft systems or drones. The contract, awarded through Blighter's representative in Spain, CIAC, is estimated to be worth around €2 million. The AUDS detect-track-identify-defeat counter-drone system was developed in 2015 by a consortium of UK defense companies, including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems.

The AUDS system is the only mission-deployed fully-integrated, military grade counter-UAS system in the market. It was selected by the Spanish Defence Ministry after careful market research and extensive field trials. The AUDS team has now carried out 1,500+ drone sorties and tested against 60+ types of drone, including fixed wing and quad copters.

The AUDS system can detect, track, identify and defeat a drone in approximately 15 seconds at a range of up to 10 km or six miles. It detects a drone using the electronic scanning micro-Doppler radar, tracks it using precision infrared and daylight cameras and advanced video tracking software before using a non-kinetic radio frequency (RF) inhibitor to defeat the drone. Using AUDS, the operator can effectively take control of a drone and force a safe landing. The system is military grade, designed and proven to operate in harsh environments. It works in all weather, day or night and the disruption is flexible, proportional and operator controlled.

AUDS is currently positioned at the strategic end of the UAS countermeasures market for use by government agencies, the police and military to protect high value critical national infrastructure and personnel or strategically important sites/events. These include nuclear power stations, borders, political, sporting or VIP events, airports and airbases.