COUNTER UAS (CUAS)

COUNTER UAS DEFENSE SYSTEM

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A400 SERIES AIR SECURITY RADAR

• Detect Small UAS & Track
• High-Sensitivity Thermal Imager & State-of-the-Art Video Tracking
• Smart RF Inhibitor Uses Directional Antennas for Maximum Range with Minimum Collateral impact

ADIS (COUNTER-UAS DETECTION & IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM)

• Exclusively Built for Industrial & Commercial Applications
• Full Disruption Capabilities may be added in the future if approved

HIGH-RELIABILITY ELECTRONIC BEAM SCANNING (E-SCAN) TECHNOLOGY

• Exceptional Slow Movement Detection with Fast Scan Rates
• Doppler Signal Processing Technology
• Three Degrees of Target Discrimination
• Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) Technology

Liteye's Counter-UAS Defense System (CUAS) combines electronic-scanning radar target detection, electro-optical (EO) tracking/classification and directional RF inhibition capability.

CUAS is a smart-sensor and effector package capable of remotely detecting small UAS and then tracking and classifying them before providing the option to disrupt their activity. The system may be used in remote or urban areas to prevent UASs being used for terrorist attacks, espionage or other malicious activities against sites with critical infrastructure. CUAS not only works to cover your airspace, but also as a ground surveillance system as well.

All brought together in USA by Liteye Systems, who integrates, installs, and trains operators out of their Colorado facility.

M-AUDS VEHICLE PROGRAM

Vehicle Mounted Counter UAV System

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Video shows devastating damage drones can inflict on planes

A video produced by the University of Dayton Research Institute shows in alarming detail what happens when a drone collides with a plane.

The test, which mimicked a midair collision at 238 mph, launched a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. Experts from UDRI’s Impact Physics group note that the drone did not shatter on impact, but tore open the wing’s leading edge, damaging its main spar.

“While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing,” explained Kevin Poormon, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, in a statement.

“We’ve performed bird-strike testing for 40 years, and we’ve seen the kind of damage birds can do,” Poormon added. “Drones are similar in weight to some birds, and so we’ve watched with growing concern as reports of near collisions have increased.”

Poormon also cited a collision between a hobby drone and an Army Blackhawk helicopter last year. The incident near Hoffman Island, just off Staten Island, New York, was the first confirmed mid-air collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft.

The helicopter suffered minor damage while the DJI Phantom 4 drone was destroyed, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Drones are also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

The first confirmed drone collision with a commercial aircraft in North America took place in Quebec City, Canada, in October 2017. The small drone crashed into a twin-propeller Beech 100 King Air with six passengers and two crew members aboard as the plane was descending to land. No one was injured, and the plane landed safely with only minor damage.

Last year, the FAA and the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) released the results of a major air-to-air collision study. Researchers found that the areas of manned aircraft most likely to be impacted are the leading edges of wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and windscreens.

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Drone expert, Homeland Security agree airborne threats are ‘outpacing’ US defenses

A former elite drone pilot for U.S. special operations tells Fox News that the government is “just not ready” to defend against the threat of over-the-counter drones being weaponized to carry-out attacks like the one recently in Venezuela.

And while President Trump may have just signed a bill that could help bolster our defenses, the leaders of both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently told lawmakers that the U.S. is already behind on the issue, and that a domestic attack using the kind of drones available to everyday consumers may be inevitable.

“Emerging threats are outpacing our defenses,” Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate committee on homeland security and government affairs on October 10, pointing to unmanned aerial systems (otherwise known as ‘drones’) as a “prime example.”

“Unfortunately, outdated laws have prevented us from setting up the sophisticated countermeasures we need to protect significant national events, federal facilities, and other potential targets from an airborne menace,” Nielsen added. What’s more, she told lawmakers, DHS didn’t even have the clear legal authority to neutralize potentially dangerous drones determined to be a threat until recently, or to even test what she called “the crucial countermeasures we need in real-world environments where the risks exist.”

DHS was finally given that authority on October 5 when President Trump signed into law the new FAA Reauthorization bill. The legislation not only tackles issues like the amount of leg room on commercial flights, it also grants DHS the authority to monitor, track, seize, exercise control of, confiscate, or even destroy any drone it deems a threat to what they define as a “covered facility or asset.”

That definition refers to any location identified as “high-risk and a potential target for unlawful unmanned aircraft activity,” language that is considered overly broad by a variety of drone and civil rights activists.

Even with that new authority, FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators that “the FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, [drones] will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering.” A DHS threat warning updated in August 2018 reiterated the government’s concerns that drones “may be capable of transporting contraband, chemical, or other explosive/weaponized payloads.”

Brett Velicovich, a former special operations drone pilot who now advises private and government officials all the way up to the White House on how to defend against this type of threat, adds that even with the new authority granted by the president there isn’t a whole lot the government can do. “The technology that exists now isn’t capable of successfully taking down drones at the rate it needs to be, so [the bill] won’t matter, but it’s a good beginning.” DHS did not respond to a request for comment on this assessment.

Velicovich says the alleged assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro over the summer, in which two drones loaded with explosives detonated amid a military parade, was apparently carried out with the kind of technology available to everyday consumers. It was just last year that CENTCOM officials told Fox News U.S. and Iraqi soldiers were dealing with upwards of 30 encounters a week with non-military drones that had been weaponized by ISIS.

That, Velicovich argues, is the essence of the problem.

“The same stuff that’s available to consumers is the kind of tech I wished I would’ve had in the military,” Velicovich says. “In the course of simple development, [drone manufacturers] are creating things that defeat these millions of dollars of equipment that the government uses to help combat the problem, so it’s a constant back-and-forth between government agencies that see the threat, and these manufacturers just trying to make money,” he added.

Fox News was able to confirm that some of the best-selling consumer/commercial drones – which are widely available in stores and on the internet – are indeed capable of carrying enough weight to deliver payloads that could do serious damage.

The National Football League (NFL) is an organization that has first-hand experience with this issue, and the organization’s president of security notes it could have been much worse.

Cathy Lanier, the senior vice president of security for the NFL & the former District of Columbia police chief, told lawmakers on September 13 about a particularly disturbing incident during which a drone not only penetrated stadium airspace, it also dropped leaflets all over a San Francisco 49ers crowd.

“We’re all very fortunate that the drone … dropped just leaflets,” Lanier warned.

Velicovich participated in a gathering organized by Interpol over the summer on this very issue, advising law enforcement from around the world on what he calls an immediate threat. He says it’s heartening to see people finally waking up to a threat he’s been warning about for some time, even if he believes some of their methods are questionable.

“I’ve seen everything, in France they’re training bald eagles to go take down drones and in Thailand, police have drones with 10-20 foot nets,” Velicovich says, “but these drones nowadays are so fast that things like nets are a joke.”

In the end, Velicovich still thinks that drones are a force for good, and that they aren’t going away anytime soon.

“You have to do it both ways. You have to talk about the dangers of it, but at the same time the benefits of drones well outweigh the risks,” he says. “We’ll see the day where there’s a drone for every household.”

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Counter UAS

Brandon Sasnett

Brandon Sasnett – Director of Threat Analysis Red Six Solutions, LLC :  

So you want to conduct Counter UAS operations and don’t know where to start…

You could be a private security firm looking to protect your critical asset from nefarious overflights that impact personal security, intellectual property, or a combination of the two. You could be a military organization with a limited CUAS budget, struggling to identify critical tasks and technologies to apply that budget to. You could be a policy maker, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a law enforcement officer, or a platoon leader, all who could be tasked as their respective unit’s CUAS Subject Matter Expert – a title that comes with both great responsibility and, in the complex world of UAS threats, great confusion.

What I am about to walk you through is my own lessons learned and experiences in the CUAS world playfully mirrored against the 7 habits of highly effective people. This experience has seen successes and failures. I’ve had to learn a lot and, as any new emerging career with ill-defined roles and purpose, forget a lot too. Before I begin I will make a few assumptions. First, I will assume you have absolutely NO CUAS budget but have been tasked with fixing the billion-dollar problem. Most of the CUAS advice I provide is aimed at the premise of CUAS should cost equal or less than the UAS we are attempting to counter. However, I am NOT saying that CUAS technologies should be low cost. I mean they should in a perfect world. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in the real world and the real world is expensive. When you have assessed technologies effectively, you will always find someone to pay for it. If you want, I can walk through the best steps for accurately assessing potential CUAS technologies, just reach out to me directly. Another assumption I will make is that you are in support of a defined unit, organization, or company with a defined geographic footprint. If you want to take the later discussed steps and scale them up for the global fight, you should do so according to what resources you have on hand. If you have no resources, start small and win small. As you build it, they will come. I promise. Finally, and this purely my opinion, if you can grow a beard, do it. There is nothing more satisfying than the air whipping through your facial hair as you scout the burning wreckage of the drones you thwarted like the wizard you are. Plus, you save on razors.

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New ISIS Drone Attack Threat as Feds Warn of Drone ‘Swarm Attacks,’ Assassinations

As national security officials warned lawmakers Thursday that “emerging threats” such as drones “are outpacing our defenses,” an ISIS-affiliated media group circulated a poster online showing a drone doing the work of the jihadist to attack Paris.

The poster from Muharir al-Ansar shows a commercial drone grasping a sizable object flying next to the Eiffel Tower, which is framed in crosshairs. A jihadist is depicted walking away.

“Await for our surprises,” says the message on the poster.

In May, Muharir al-Ansar, which has been one of the active ISIS-affiliated media groups steadily crafting and circulating English-language incitement and recruitment propaganda, released an image with French President Emmanuel Macron’s face, declaring “sang pour sang” — or “blood for blood.”

The group has idolized Paris native Samy Amimour, one of the 2015 attackers, who criticized those living in France who “claim to be Muslims” yet don’t fight. A poster from the group issued a directive for Muslims in the West to “ANSWER THE CALL and join the caravan of martyrs.”

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