Autonomous Flight Technologies develops low-cost target for counter drone tests

The Tactical High Reconnaissance Aerial Evasive Target (T.H.R.E.A.T) developed by Autonomous Flight Technologies is designed to provide a target for Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) test activity. Developed by Autonomous Flight Technologies, T.H.R.E.A.T is designed to be flown over federal test sites instead of higher cost consumer-rated drones. The company’s initial target audience is prime contractors with the goal of becoming compliant with government performance requirements, says a UAS Vision report.

According to Autonomous Flight Technologies, THREAT is not reliant upon being connected to the internet or a cloud-based service.  It is point to point between the aircraft and ground station.  The data stream is also encrypted for complete security. All materials are sourced based on keeping costs low, as well as utilizing recycled plastics.  By reducing cost, budgets for expendable targets can be stretched to allow for more testing within a static budget, reports Autonomous Flight Technologies.

The equipment uses common 18650 Lithium-Ion battery cells. If pushed past their limits, these safety features help prevent thermal runaway events and uncontrollable battery fires. They also provide long duration flight for their size and weight, trading high performance for flight duration allows this sUAS to fly farther and stay on station for extended durations.

The airframe consists of carbon fibre plate and tube, as well as printed 3d components. It can be flown via hands on radio control, ground station with telemetry data link, or a hybrid of both. The base model of THREAT is simply a flight capable airframe with localization and telemetry capability.

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