An evaluation of OpenWorks Engineering, SkyWall net capture systems was recently conducted by the innovative STAT unit from the French Army, at a test range in the south of France. Soldiers were trained to operate both systems, SkyWall Patrol (previously known as SkyWall100) and SkyWall Auto, prior to a test that saw a total of 24 target engagements.
A range of drones were engaged in a wide variety of scenarios, with the French operators achieving captures at new record altitudes and ranges, at day and night. The SkyWall Patrol system was also tested in a range of scenarios, such as deployment from a tactical vehicle.
SkyWall Auto was integrated with existing 2D radar systems to allow autonomous operation. After detecting a drone, the radar transmits the target track to SkyWall Auto which responds by locking onto the drone using the latest computer vision technology. The system automatically scans the sky if the radar does not point the camera precisely at the drone and the operator can then capture the drone at the press of one button.
Chris Down, Managing Director of OpenWorks Engineering commented,
“OpenWorks will continue to drive the development of the best systems in the world and by closely working with the world’s leading military organisations, believe SkyWall net capture systems will remain the most capable available.”