DroneShield and Epirus complete integration of counter-UAS effector

DroneShield and Epirus have completed integration of DroneShield’s multi-sensor DroneSentry system with Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave (HPM) counter-electronics/counter-UAS effector. The integration of these two systems allows for a fully integrated C-UAS system that can track multiple threats and then engage with high-powered microwave countermeasures that will provide defensive capabilities for military, government and other customers, says the press release.

DroneSentry incorporates radiofrequency, radar and electro-optic detection and tracking system as well as smart jamming UAS defeat module, powered by its DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control system.

Epirus’ Leonidas is a counter-electronics system with the power and precision to neutralize a single threat in tight, crowded spaces or disable multiple threats across a wide area simultaneously. Epirus’ revolutionary approach to directed energy allows for unmatched counter-electronics effects, dramatically reduces the size and weight of the system and enables greater operator control and safety. Mounted on a gimble to increase manoeuvrability, the system can be deployed as a fixed or mobile capability enabling wide-area rapid response.

Epirus was awarded a US$66 million US Government contract in early 2023 for the stand-alone Leonidas systems. In November 2022, Epirus made an investment of AUD3.7 million (corresponding to approximately USD2.5 million) into DroneShield as it looks to expand its international partner ecosystem.

DroneShield CEO, Oleg Vornik, commented: “The combined system provides significantly expanded options for our US DoD, and in time, global customer base. Additionally, there are synergies on the business development front, which DroneShield and Epirus are already working on.”

(Image: DroneShield DroneSentry system)

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