Government funding for Frequentis FALKE airport counter drone system

Germany’s Transport Ministry announced funding for the counter drone research project FALKE led by Frequentis and including DFS, Hensoldt, the German police, Lufthansa, Hamburg Airport, and Helmut-Schmidt University. The goal of the FALKE project is the development of a deployable counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), proven in the airport environment.

Using Hamburg Airport as an example, the partners will develop and demonstrate a technical and organisational over-all concept to defence against illegally operating drones. By taking into consideration all areas of responsibility, FALKE will provide standardised and automated solutions to make the concept a blueprint for other airports.

FALKE is designed to provide the link between relevant stakeholders (airport, police, air traffic control, airlines), existing infrastructure (air situation, air traffic management, ground situation police) and new systems (Unmanned Traffic Management, drone detection) making it possible not only to detect drones, but also to distinguish cooperative from non-cooperative drones. Air traffic control will be supplied with safety alerts in relation to the current air situation. The ability to intercept drones that enter restricted airspace will make it possible to scale future technologies for drone detection and to optimise the cooperation and communication of stakeholders to guarantee a common understanding of the air situation according to Frequentis.

Frequentis and Hensoldt will combine competencies. Frequentis Comsoft will provide 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). The Hensoldt group will bring sensor solutions (XPELLER, SPEXER), effector and drone defence technology (XPELLER, VADR).

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