By Arie Egozi
Rafael’s Drone Dome counter-UAS (C-UAS) system has been upgraded to intercept drone swarms, an increasingly important threat following the recent armed drone attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Rafael says the system has achieved 100% success in all test scenarios, including target detection, identification and interception with a high-power laser beam. The upgrade is focused on enhancing the capability to deal with swarms, or a mix of drone with manoeuvring capabilities designed to avoid C-UAS.
When the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) sub-system performs a positive identification, the system allocates the target to the laser effector, which locks and tracks the target and performs a hard-kill. The new upgrade may include a more powerful laser and additional sensors that will better handle the evolving threat.