The Hornet Air Guard solution to offer anti-drone detection & neutralization capabilities to the HORNET remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) was launched at Eurosatory 2022.
“The HORNET Air Guard adds a Gonio RF (CERBAIR HYDRA 300) and a radar which are fitted on the Hornet’s independent smoke grenade launcher ring,” says a report from the show. “Both systems constantly scan the area while the RCWS can still be used normally for observation or combat missions. Upon detection of a hostile drone, the operator is automatically warned of the threat and can validate an RCWS rally with identification via optronics. The drone can then be neutralized with the automatic 40mm grenade launcher and an air-burst grenade.”
“The system retains the independent GALIX smoke grenade launcher, effectively protecting the vehicle during combat operations. The Battlenet system coordinates all these functions together.”
The Hornet RCWS was shown integrated with the robotics and autonomous systems Milrem Robotics THeMIS Combat unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). According to Milrem: “The Hornet RCWS was developed for the new French 4×4 and 6×6 armoured vehicle program “Scorpion”