In 2022 Aurora Flight Sciences reported it had recently completed testing an improved Modular Intercept Drone Avionics Set (MIDAS) C-UAS, which is specifically designed to mitigate adversary sUAS with low collateral effects.
MIDAS is an AI-enabled, multi-rotor sUAS outfitted with optical sensors and a customized payload that can defeat multiple small UAS targets per flight. In 2021 Aurora was one of three companies selected by the Pentagon to demonstrate MIDAS in support of the DoD’s 2021 C-sUAS strategy.
According to the company: “Our teams used the results from that assessment to design, implement, and test improvements to the system’s drone engagement device (DED), onboard autonomy, speed, and maneuverability. With these improvements, MIDAS autonomously defeated 83% of small UAS targets.”