The CM202U is a gyro-stabilized, multi-sensor gimbal. It is specifically designed for counter-UAS operations and has simple plug-and-play hook up. The sensor package includes object tracking capability, low power consumption, and direct drive motors for accurate positioning. The entire system is man-portable and includes a Static Target Detection Algorithm and a Moving Target Detector Algorithm to detect people, vehicles, sUAS, UAVs, and general motion.
In August 2019 the US Air Force awarded Ascent Vision Technologies a USD23 million contract to supply mobile counter-drone vehicles for the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS) programme. The contract award follows 18 months of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums. The mission of the X-MADIS is to detect, locate, track, identify and defeat small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft. AVT’s X-MADIS solution delivers this capability while the vehicle is static or on-the-move.
Ascent launched its next-generation multi-mission imaging system for maritime C-UAS in February 2020. According to a company press release: “Combining full HD, 4 sensor configurations and a next generation video processor in a compact, man portable system, the CM262M is the ideal multi-mission optic for maritime ISR and CUAS operations. An IP67 rating ensures reliability in performance in harsh conditions experienced at sea.
In April 2020 Ascent Vision released the latest variant of X-MADIS, offering next-generation portable, on-the-move counter sUAS capabilities. According to a company press release the newest version of the X-MADIS incorporates several new hardware components for enhanced ruggedness and on-the-move accuracy in rough terrain. It also offers improved power distribution and simpler setup and deployment. To ensure no threat goes undetected, the X-MADIS combines radar with a radio frequency (RF) detection sensor for reliable detection, classification and locating of commercial sUAS.
“Tailored to each mission, customers now have a choice of multiple electronic warfare systems to defeat sUAS and drone swarms. Two gyro-stabilized optics are available for integration, including the pioneering CM262 4-configuration, 26lb payload and the field-proven CM202U 12lb payload. Both optics are enhanced with smart features, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities for improved situational awareness.”