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May 30, 2016

FAA selects AUDS for evaluation at US airports

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen the world's first fully integrated, detect-track-disrupt-defeat anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defence system (AUDS) to evaluate technologies at US airports, as part of its Pathfinder Programme.

By Lopamudra Roy

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen the world’s first fully integrated, detect-track-disrupt-defeat anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defence system (AUDS) to evaluate technologies at US airports, as part of its Pathfinder Programme.

AUDS has been developed by three British companies, including Chess Dynamics, Blighter Surveillance Systems and Enterprise Control Systems, and integrated or supported in North America by US-based security system supplier Liteye Systems.

The FAA programme assesses technologies used to identify unauthorised UAVs or drone flights in the close vicinity of airports.

"Using AUDS, the operator can effectively take control of a drone and force a safe landing inside or outside the airport perimeter."".."…""

The AUDS counter-UAV system can identify a drone six miles away using electronic scanning radar, and track it using precision infrared and daylight cameras, and specialist video tracking software.

The system disrupts the aircraft, using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it.

AUDS team Mark Radford said: "AUDS is able to operate effectively in complex airport environments night and day whatever the weather and without disrupting other airport equipment.

"Using AUDS, the operator can effectively take control of a drone and force a safe landing inside or outside the airport perimeter.

"The system can also assist airport authorities to track down the UAV pilots for prosecution by providing evidence (video footage or radar tracks) to the relevant authorities.

"We can also integrate ‘friendly assets’ into the AUDS platform – for example a ‘friendly’ drone – to extend the threat detection and situational awareness capabilities of the system and to help capture rogue drone pilots."

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