FAA to test Rafael Systems’ Drone Dome counter drone system at Atlantic City International Airport

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Rafael Systems Global Sustainment a transaction agreement to test the capabilities of Rafael’s Drone Dome counter drone detection, neutralization and interception System at the Atlantic City International Airport, according to a report by Israel Defense.

The process will involve research, testing, and evaluations in order for the system to be properly utilized to deal with UAS threats and interference surrounding the airport. The objectives of the research effort are to ensure that technologies and or systems that are developed, tested, or deployed by federal departments and agencies to detect and mitigate potential risks posed by errant or hostile UAS operations do not adversely impact or interfere with safe airport operations, navigation, air traffic services, or the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System, says the report.

Testing will initially take place for several months at Atlantic City with follow on performance validation at other airports in the United States, says Israel Defense.

In November 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO) named and recommended for C-sUAS As A Service (CaaS) the DRONE DOME system. This followed a series of demonstrations of the system completed at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, in April of the same year.

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