US counter drone company Epirus says its Leonidas microwave technology succeeded in bringing down “66 out of 66” drone targets in a demonstration for a US government customer in February 2021. The company’s microwave-based solution is designed to disable military targets and defend critical infrastructure including airports and sports stadiums. The company says it can counter mass drone attacks such as the vehicles used to disable the Saudi Arabian Abqaiq oil processing facility in 2019.
Leonidas “fits into the back of a pick-up truck and can be controlled with great precision” according to Epirus CEO Leigh Madden. The company is also working on a smaller version of the weapon that could be carried by operators on foot.
Epirus entered into a supplier agreement with Northrop Grumman in July 2020 to provide Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) capability as a component of Northrop Grumman’s Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) solution. The agreement specifically supplements the Northrop’s suite of non-kinetic C-UAS effects.
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