NATO seeks four C-UAS units with operator identification capability

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) intends to issue an Invitation for Bid (IFB) for the procurement of commercially available and effective commercial systems for the protection from and defeat of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS). This opportunity is anticipated to procure four C-SUAS systems, including testing and installation activities. The capability is intended to be used for deployment to exercises and operational areas.
The capability:

  • shall be effective against Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) fixed and rotary wing sUAS, including threats which do not transmit any radio signals and threats autonomously flying a pre-programmed
  • shall detect sUAS by employing several layers of sensor technology, such as acoustics, radar, radio frequency receivers, and electro­ optical
  • is required to geo-locate the sUAS and the controller if
  • should ideally identify the type and model of the sUAS and the type of remote control. If the signals carry information uniquely identifying the sUAS or controller, this information should be stored as evidence.

Upon detection, the operator shall have the opportunity to invoke some kind of defeat mechanism. Electronic methods, such as jamming or directed energy should be the primary options. Physical attack (shotgun, laser, net-gun etc.) could be employed if the situation allows it. At a minimum the sUAS must be made uncontrollable.

A central Monitor and Control station, located at the same site as the sensors, allows operation of the capability. Each counter sUAS system shall be capable of defending an object of at least 1km2. The NCI Agency anticipates awarding a contract by February 2019.

Reference: IFB-C0-14685-UAS

Deadline: 16 July 2018

Contracting agency: NATO

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