FN Herstal has announced that its deFNder® Family of Remote Weapon Stations was recently tested for countering UAS during the NATO Non-Lethal Technology Exercise (NNTEX-C) which took place between 4 to 24 March 2022 at the PISQ in Sardinia, Italy. FN Herstal developed a container-based perimeter defence solution incorporating a range of sensors (RF sensors and radars) with a combination of both soft and hard effectors. The overall system is operated by two operators protected inside the container.
The setup includes:
• Soft effector: As an escalation of force feature, the setup also includes a smart and scalable signal jammer that can be used as a first response against the UAV to disable the link between the drone and its operator before resorting to live-firing.
• Hard effector: One deFNder® Light Remote Weapon Station, which can be fitted with the FN MINIMI® 5.56 or 7.62 or FN MAG® 7.62mm calibre; one deFNder® Medium, which can be fitted with the FN MAG® 7.62mm, .50 calibre weapons such as the FN® M2HB-QCB or FN® M3R, or a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher with airburst capacity.
Once a target is detected, the operators have the capacity to select the threat to initiate the neutralization process. The overall system provides advanced functionalities to assist the operator in threat detection and engagement, including:
• Target tracking based on multiple sensor feedback
• Collateral damage mitigation with ready-to-fire indicators
• Automatic detection through video stream (Day and InfraRed)
• Improved fire control for air targeting