OPenWorks Engineering has developed a vehicle-mounted version of its SkyWall net capture product capable of providing large area protection. The SkyWall Auto Response vehicle looks like a typical commercial vehicle at first sight as the drone capture system is hidden under rapidly deployable covers, ensuring the system remains discreet when not in use. When a drone threat has been detected, the vehicle can quickly respond and the SkyWall net capture system automatically deployed from under the cover.
SkyWall Auto Response is the first mounted deployment of the autonomous drone capture solution that was originally developed by OpenWorks and their technology partners Antmicro. The developmental system has previously been tested and proven in static installations at high-profile military evaluations and can capture fast moving multi-rotor (quad) or fixed-wing drones.
OpenWorks expects the first operational deployments of SkyWall Auto Response to be in the coming months, and reports strong interest from the user community. The system will be displayed in the outdoor space at DSEI 2019 (10th – 13th September), at the Excel Centre London, as the system is formally launched to the world.
OpenWorks released the handheld capture system SkyWall100 in 2016 and has since delivered systems to law enforcement and military customers around the world. The latest release provides another option to work alongside the existing systems or for operators that require larger area protection.
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