US air base defence contract award to Parsons to feature Fortem counter drone technology

Counter drone specialist Fortem Technologies is part of the Parsons’ led consortium selected by the US Air Force to design, mature, procure, integrate, operate, and maintain Air Base Air Defense (ABAD) systems across the European and African continent areas of responsibility for the US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. The new 10-year, USD953 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) effort will be performed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The Parsons-led ABAD team includes Leidos, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), SRC, Inc., Stellar Solutions, CUBRC, Darkblade, Leonardo, ELTA North America, Capstone Research, and Black River Systems. Additional industry teaming with Teledyne FLIR, Microsoft, RADA, Liteye, Fortem, and Rafael aims to leverage expanded technologies.

The Parsons team will focus on the maturation of an all-domain system comprised of commercial off-the-shelf and government off-the-shelf software and hardware technologies with an integrated design to protect existing and future air bases. Parsons touches every aspect of the all-domain battlespace: from space operations to edge computing and full-spectrum cyber; to ground-based command and control systems. The company’s proven operational capabilities will ensure all-domain superiority and information dominance to accelerate decision making in permissive through highly contested environments.

The Fortem SkyDone system is designed to detect, monitor, assess and mitigate drone threats. Components of the multi-layered sensor approach to C-UAS include TrueView radar, SkyDome Manager software and DroneHunter technologies.

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