US Air Force awards Citadel Defense counter drone contract

The US Air Force selected Citadel Defense’s Titan counter drone system following 18 months’ validation by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Citadel Defense technology will be used by the Air Force to protect bases, air shows, and Air National Guard emergency responders as drone threats escalate. It is Citadel’s 10th government counter-drone contract, and follows a contract award in July from the Defense Innovation Unit for use by military, government and law enforcement agencies. Citadel reports its equipment has been tested, validated, and deployed across 15+ countries. Evaluations have been carried out be the US Special Forces, Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Innovation Unit, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, FAA and government-funded Science & Technology labs.

Titan’s detection and adaptive jamming capability is designed to autonomously defeat swarms of drones. Citadel’s CEO, Christopher Williams says TITAN incorporates requirements from over 200 stakeholders including warfighters, leadership, and policy makers.  “The solution must be capable of complete autonomous operation. It must be easy to use with setup and takedown in minutes, not hours. It must not require signal expertise or calibration to operate. And it must be able to detect and defeat drones without disrupting tactical communications.” Citadel’s artificial intelligence and targeted jamming capability is designed to force drones to safely land before they can become a threat, thereby protecting the airspace while minimizing disruption or interference to surrounding equipment. The system can adapt to new threats operating on common (2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz) and hobbyist (433 MHz, 915 MHz, 1.2 GHz) communication links.

Citadel’s deployable technology prevents unauthorized drones from entering a protected airspace by disrupting the radio-control and video signal, forcing the drone to safely land before it can become a threat.

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