Detector, ECM, intercept drone.
To detect low signature, low-level and low-speed airborne targets, ELTA has adapted to this specific mission its 3D radars, which include the ELM-2026D, ELM-2026B and ELM-2026BF for short (10km), medium (15km) and long (20 km) ranges, respectively, with special drone detection and tracking algorithms, as well as adapting them with EO sensors for visual identification of the target. In order to disrupt the hostile UAV, ELTA has developed advanced adaptive jamming systems which can be used in concert with its detection and identification sensors, or as a continuously operated stand-alone system. The jamming disrupts the drone's flight and can either cause it to return to its point-of-origin (‘Return Home' function) or to shut down and make a crash landing. Drone Guard systems have been extensively and successfully tested against a variety of different drones and scenarios, including simultaneous multiple drone penetrations or attacks.
In July 2020 IAI and Iron Drone entered into a collaboration agreement for the integration of interception capabilities into IAI’s Drone Guard anti-drone system. The intercepting drone can be launched during day or night from a docking station that hosts several ready-to-use drones. Several intercepting drones can be launched simultaneously to address several targets or swarms.
According to the IAI press release, the radar integrated with Drone Guard is capable of detecting drones as they enter the airspace. The intercepting drone is launched and steered to the target with the help of the radar. It uses sensors and computer vision to home and lock on the target up to the physical hit of the attacker and its neutralization. The entire process is autonomous, requiring no human intervention. The solution can be used in areas where other defense systems cannot because of environmental factors like airports, populated areas, power plants, sensitive facilities, and other infrastructures.
In November 2021 IAI unveiled an electronic warfare (EW) system capable of simultaneously targeting multiple threats, across frequencies and in different directions, according to a company press release.
The Scorpius family of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems is based on Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology. With AESA’s multi-beam capability, Scorpius can simultaneously scan the entire surrounding region for targets, and deploy narrowly focused beams to interfere with multiple threats across the electromagnetic spectrum. The system is able to target a range of threats, including: UAVs, ships, missiles, communication links, low probability of interception (LPOI) radars, and more. Scorpius effectively disrupts the operation of their electromagnetic systems, including radar and electronic sensors, navigation, and data communications.
Scorpius’ receiver sensitivity and transmission power (ERP) can detect multiple threats, of different kinds, simultaneously, from increased distances compared with legacy EW systems, and address each threat with a customized response.
Scorpius is available across multiple domains.
The Scorpius G is a ground-based EW system designed to detect and disrupt ground- and airborne threats. Scorpius-G is a mobile system, and can be quickly deployed by vehicle. Scorpius G creates an electronic dome of protection above a wide geographic sector to neutralize a broad range of modern threats. Scorpius SJ is a standoff jammer designed to disrupt enemy aerial and ground-based electromagnetic operations.
In March 2021 UAE’s EDGE agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop an advanced C-UAS tailored to the UAE marke