British integrated systems and technologies company Chess Dynamics has developed automated drone protection systems for use at airports.

The AirGuard and AirShield counter-drone systems have been developed in response to an increase in attacks on civilian infrastructure by drones.

The systems are based on the Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) AUDS, which was installed by Chess Dynamics at London Gatwick Airport after a sustained drone attack in December 2018 forced the airport to close.

The new systems are intended to offer protection within the airport perimeter and flightpath for up to 10km from the runway.

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Chess Group managing director Graham Beall said: “The recent high profile drone attacks at international airports highlighted the urgent requirement for effective counter-drone technologies that meet the specific needs of airports to ensure public safety, and reduce the risk of costly operational downtime when suspected attacks occur.”

The new C-UAS systems have been developed specifically for non-military organisations, including airports and critical infrastructure.

AirGuard is intended to protect the airport perimeter and AirShield will monitor the flightpath, with both systems configured to the requirements and security level of each installation.

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The company said that both systems are intended to provide fully automated detection and alert to the presence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), minimising the need for resources and reducing the risk of error and security response delay.

The fully automated AirGuard system features multiple sensors to automatically detect and track airborne objects and alert the operator, who can analyse the camera output to classify the threat and escalate or downgrade the security status accordingly.

AirGuard, which can be integrated into existing video management systems and security infrastructure, is available as a fixed installation or can be mounted onto a vehicle.

AirShield offers an automated UAV detection and alert solution to air traffic control (ATC) operations to maximise protection of the flightpath up to 10km from the runway.

The system automatically enables real-time tracking and classification using multi-spectrum electro-optical video capability. It provides ATC with accurate location, flight velocity and bearing data until the UAV is no longer a danger to aircraft.

AirShield can be installed as a self-contained and stand-alone 3D radar electro-optic solution, and be fully integrated into existing ATC infrastructure.