INTERPOL launches second phase of C-UAS testing under project Courageous

INTERPOL has started the second phase of testing under Project Courageous – an initiative funded by the EU aimed at developing a comprehensive procedure to select, test and assess CUAS (Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System) solutions, according a Linkedin social media post by Christopher Church, Senior Forensics Specialist at Interpol.

“This significant event was attended by members from our consortium along with various other stakeholders involved in producing CUAS solutions,” said the post. “The session entailed rigorous testing of each solution against multiple varied drone scenarios using different techniques. The aim is to produce effective and efficient countermeasure methods that enable law enforcement agencies to tackle potential threats posed by unauthorized drones more effectively while ensuring public safety. This development marks a notable progression towards innovation in tech-enabled security measures.”

Project Courageous will develop a standardized methodology for testing and selecting countermeasure systems that can be used to detect and track a drone that enters protected airspace or a no-fly zone, according to the project website.

“This methodology will be based on a series of standard scenarios that represent a wide range of locations and situations, for example, security at prisons, airports, critical infrastructure and borders, and countering drug and human trafficking.

“Three specific drone threat scenarios will be created, according to the operational and functional needs defined by the end users. Three validation trials will then be carried out in Belgium, Greece and Spain respectively, against which counter-UAS technology will be used to try to locate and identify both drone and pilot.

“Using the results from the validation trials, a comprehensive test methodology will be developed to allow an objective qualitative and quantitative comparison between different counter-UAS tools.

“In the short term, the standardized test methodology will lead to a much better understanding of the capabilities needed to counter UAS among law enforcement agencies, not only among Courageous partners, but also within the European Union network of law enforcement agencies and on a global scale via INTERPOL.

“In the medium-to-long term, a more extensive set of commercial counter-UAS will be tested using the Courageous methodology, which will also allow developers of such systems to make design decisions based upon quantitative data.”

(Image: Project Courageous)

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