UK MOD tests counter drone measures using MARSS “smart C2” system, NiDAR

UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) carried out experiments at the Defence BattleLab in Dorset to compare a traditional C2 system – where a number of operators use multiple data streams to compile information to identify the threat and design potential countermeasures – with NiDAR, a single interface that presents information and available countermeasures, and can be operated by a single user with minimal training, says a press release from manufacturer MARSS.

Alongside partner defence brands, Saab and MSI, MARSS “showed how NiDAR optimises the end-to-end kill chain during a series of experiments at the Defence BattleLab”.

During the experiment, a pilot flew a tactical reconnaissance drone to imitate a threat. The results showed that NiDAR’s C2 system, was able to autonomously detect the threat and interrogate the data to offer a tactical decision significantly faster than a traditional C2 setup with multiple highly trained operators.

Connected to NiDAR were a range of sensors including a SAAB Giraffe radar, optics by L3 Harris, and countermeasures by MSI Defence. Each sensor fed data to the system, where NiDAR then presented information and available options to the user, such as locations and assets to be protected, object types and threat classification, and any available countermeasures.

NiDAR is designed to combine sensors, effectors and AI into an smart Command and Control (C2) system to automate detection and reduce response time to identify potential threats.

Rob Balloch, MARSS VP Sales says, “Thank you to jHub, BattleLab, the UK MoD and our partners for being part of this highly successful event. We look forward to continuing the conversation and looking at how MARSS can help deliver world leading C2 to enhance national security and continue saving lives and protecting infrastructure.”

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