US defense department demonstrates drone interception with low collateral effect with Robotican Goshawk

Robotican reports a successful autonomous drone interception demonstration for the US Department of Defense Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) using its Goshawk interceptor drone.

According to Robotican, the Goshawk interceptor drone provides autonomous interception to counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at any stage of their mission. A designated net enables the Goshawk to capture and carry the hostile drone, delivering it to a predefined area for safe disposal – with no collateral damage.

In the demonstration, the hostile drones were launched from a remote location to penetrate a no-fly zone protected by the Goshawk. After initial target detection, the Goshawk was automatically launched on its interception mission – autonomous from launch to landing. Various scenarios and profiles were enacted during the demonstration, such a complex target chase and a challenging head-on engagement, with the Goshawk and target drone flying head-on towards each other. All targets were successfully intercepted with the catch, carry and disposal performed to demonstrate the benefit of retrieving hostile drones. The target drones used were of varying sizes and models representing the operational need.

Hagai Balshai , CEO Robotican, “We are very proud of our achievement. Our challenge was to develop an autonomous drone interceptor that causes no collateral damage, which we believe is key for an efficient 24/7 C-UAS system. This successful demonstration gives us confidence in our solution, and in the journey, we have begun with this amazing technology.”

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