SRC Adapts Counter-Mortar System to Counter UAVs
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A counter-battery system invented to counter-target mortar fire has been adapted into a system to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
SRC Inc., a company based in Syracuse, N.Y., calls the adaptation Silent Archer. It is a sensor system designed to detect, track and identify UAVs, and electronically attack the UAV’s electronics, as well as provide targeting for hard-kill systems.
Silent Archer is based on an Army program of record for counter-battery roles and uses the same components adapted for the counter UAV role, Bob Alger, director of business development for SRC, told Seapower April 4 at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
The system includes a 360-degree air-surveillance radar, an electronic attack system, a high-powered electro-optical/infrared camera and a display system. An optional component is a direction-finding system.
The omni-directional system can handle tracking and negation of UAV swarms, Alger said.
The Silent Archer’s electronic warfare capability is not just broadband jamming but 360-degree full-spectrum jamming, Alger said.
The Silent Archer system can be carried in two Humvees, operated from a fixed site, or transported by airlift as a fly-away kit.
The system has been demonstrated in Stryker armored vehicles and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The Army awarded to SRC a $65 million contract in February for 15 Silent Archer systems.