AUDS Counter-drone System Upgraded for Vehicle Deployment and Defeating Swarm Attacks

The AUDS Counter-UAS Defence System will now be enhanced for deployment on military and commercial security and surveillance vehicles. The leading fully integrated military grade detect-track-identify-defeat counter-drone solution will come equipped with new technology to more effectively defeat swarm attacks by malicious unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including long-range winged drones.

The AUDS system, already successfully deployed, was developed in 2015 by a consortium of UK defence companies including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems. The system has an intuitive interface, is operable by a single user, and can detect, track, identify and defeat a drone in approximately 15 seconds at a range of up to 10 km or six miles.

AUDS on a vehicle delivers a rapid 'on-the-pause' counter-UAV capability against drones attacking a temporary base, mobile force, convoy or a national infrastructure site. The system has been optimized and further ruggedized for deployment on either military trucks or commercial surveillance vehicles, such as a converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-style van, as well as on semi-portable containers.

It is already available in three standard configurations - a portable platform for rooftop installation, a rugged field-mast system for forward operating bases or temporary camps, and a fixed system for borders and critical infrastructure sites.

The system has proved to be highly effective against swarm attacks and has successfully defeated almost 2,000 drone sorties and been tested against more than 60 types of drone including fixed wing and quad copters. The team recognises that co-ordinated swarm attacks are increasing - particularly in the military sector - so its engineers have been working on algorithms and techniques improving the AUDS system's capability to defeat these multi-drone attack scenarios.

The AUDS system is highly effective against multi-mode swarm attacks due its multi-band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor which can simultaneously target multiple threat 'bands' to defeat the command and control (C2) links deployed on UAVs. These C2 links are constantly evolving within the emerging threat landscape and the AUDS RF inhibition system continues to demonstrate its flexibility to rapidly address these changes in response to operational demands.

AUDS detects a drone using the electronic scanning micro-Doppler radar, tracks it using a precision controlled infrared and daylight camera system incorporating advanced video tracking software before using a non-kinetic radio frequency (RF) inhibitor to defeat the drone. Using AUDS, the operator can effectively disrupt the function of a drone enforcing an invisible impenetrable barrier. It is designed and built to the highest military standards and has been extensively field proven in harsh operational environments. It works in all weather, day or night and at all times the disruption response is flexible, proportional and operator controlled.

AUDS is 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.

The worldwide market for counter-drone technology is expected to grow from $342.6 million in 2016 to $1.5 billion by 2023, according to a July 2017 research report from MarketsandMarkets. Non-kinetic electronic systems, like the AUDS system, are estimated to grow at the highest rate (CAGR of 30.9%) - during the forecast period.

The AUDS team will showcase the counter-UAS system at the DSEI 2017 show at the ExCeL Centre in London from 12-15 September 2017.