US defence department selects Wolverine drone protection systems for tactical missions

Wolverine, a company specialising in human-guided autonomous drone operating systems for military forces and law enforcement agencies – is to supply hundreds of Wolverine drone systems to the US Department of Defense (DoD), developed under the joint leadership of the DoD and the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), for deployment to protect US military forces in the field, says a company press release. The systems are designed to protect against threats including IEDs and drones.

The contract follows a joint research & development program led by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) at Israel’s Ministry of Defense, together with XTEND, and the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD, previously CTTSO) of the DoD.

Wolverine says the operating systems is designed to perform extremely precise remote tasks, manoeuvres, and actions in complex environments (indoor or outdoor), with minimal training and maintenance.  It is powered XTEND human machine interface technology, to provide sensory awareness based on virtual and augmented reality technologies, coupled with Machine Learning flight algorithms.

Using a wearable system and a hand gesture-recognition controller, operators immerse themselves in the remote environment. The system uses multi-use payloads and effectors (Modular Add-On Extensions) to enable operators to perform complex tasks in support of tactical missions, including surveying enemy territory at ground level or inside dangerous and/or hard to reach indoor environments, explosive ordinance disposal, and placement of payloads.

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