Candidates selected for Canada’s counter-UAS Sandbox 2024 in Alberta, May-June

The Canadian Department of National Defence has announced the participants selected for the next iteration of the government’s counter-UAS Sandbox, which will take place in Suffield, Alberta, in May and June this year.

Seeking to answer the question “How might we detect and/or defeat micro- and mini-UAS with systems that can be integrated into the broader military command and control system?,” the opportunities for selected innovators include:

  • Up to five days of free use of a fully equipped counter-UAS test range, including targets;
  • On-site one-on-one continual interaction with Canadian military and police officials and the US government Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, end-users and science experts;
  • Iterative testing and demonstration to improve technology;
  • Feedback to customise and adjust test plans on-the-fly;
  • Financial prizes for selected Sandbox game-changers;
  • Potential post-Sandbox developmental work and funding for selected participants.

Participating companies need to bring advanced prototypes, capable of detecting and defeating micro- and mini-UAS, and their ‘A game’ to beat the host’s Red Team drones.

Selected participants for this round include:

  • AIM Defence (Australia) – Fractl:1 tactical C-UAS system
  • Boeing (USA) – M CLWS (Mobile Compact Laser Weapon System)
  • EOS Defence Systems (Australia) – Titanis C-UAS system
  • Fortem Technologies/Arcfield Canada (USA/Canada) – SkyDome C-UAS system
  • Infiniti Electro Optics (Canada) – Vega ultra-long range multi-sensor PTZ camera system
  • Leonardo Canada (Canada) – Falcon Shield C-UAS system
  • LiveLink Aerospace (UK) – AERONETICS (Agile Electronic Reconnaissance & Operational Network for Enhanced Tactical Intelligence & Countermeasures) system
  • Nominal Controls (Canada) – tactical close-range C-UAS system
  • Prandtl Dynamics (University of Toronto) (Canada) – MUDD (Meteorological Ultrasonic Drone Destruction) system
  • Sentrycs (USA/Israel) – Sentrycs C-UAS solution
  • Sentry View Systems (USA) – SR interceptor missile and Sentry fusion C2
  • SCI Technology (USA) – AeroGuard
  • Skycope Technologies (Canada) – a comprehensive range of C-UAS solutions
  • Teledyne FLIR (Canada) – Cerberus XL
  • Twenty20 Insight (Israel) – Smash Hopper lightweight C-UAS system

For more information: Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024 –

(Image: Among the candidate systems being tested during the programme is the AeroGuard C-UAS platform from SCI. Credit: SCI Technology, Inc.)

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