Air Traffic Management solution provider Frequentis has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with defence and security sensor specialist Hensoldt to advance counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions. The two companies already work together on the FALKE research project, an integrated solution designed to enable airports to deal swiftly and effectively with drone incidents at airports. A consortium including the German Federal Police, German Air Traffic Control (DFS), Lufthansa, Hamburg Airport, and the chair of electrical measurement of the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg plan to demonstrate a technical and organisational concept to defend against illegally operating drones, initially modelled at Hamburg. The project has begun with the creation of a demonstrator system, constructed with the integration of both Frequentis and Hensoldt systems.
The Frequentis Group is providing mature components in the areas of UTM/ATM/drone detection, data fusion and exchange (MosaiX SWIM), shared situational awareness and ATM-grade surveillance data automation (SDDS-NG, MSDF, PRISMA), cross-agency incident management (ICM), as well as operational requirement analysis (Control Room Consulting). Hensoldt brings detection, identification and mitigation modules from their own Xpeller CUAV system to the partnership.
“Together with Frequentis, we will create a modular counter-UAV system optimised for the specific needs of airports”, said Markus Wolf, Head of Sales and Business Development at HENSOLDT Ventures.
“The formation of this MoU further reinforces our intention to create effective solutions to differentiate cooperative and non-cooperative flying objects, ensure shared situational awareness across all organisations and interoperability with existing airport surveillance infrastructures and available UAV traffic management (UTM) systems,” said Günter Graf, Frequentis Head of Business Development.
Frequentis and Hensoldt jointly support the EUROCAE Working Group 115 for Counter UAS. WG-115 was established to develop standards to support the safe and harmonised implementation of Counter-UAS Systems into airport and ANSP systems.
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