Marine Corps, DIUx Select Sensofusion to Further Develop Anti-UAS Mobile Platform
NEW YORK — The fight against Islamic State extremists has entered a new theater with the recent rise in attacks from commercially purchased drones. As part of a layered approach to combat this evolving threat, the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) has awarded a contract with unmanned aerial system (UAS) countermeasure company, Sensofusion, to further develop and leverage its AIRFENCE Mobile capability, the company announced in an April 25 release.
Sensofusion’s AIRFENCE Mobile system is hardware/software ready for protecting people and mobile convoys from the threat of weaponized commercial drones by detecting and defeating them using their proprietary RF technology. Sensofusion unveiled its newest countermeasure system, AIRFENCE 4.0, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February. AIRFENCE’s external detection capabilities empower the hardware to collect evidence immediately and transmit to learning platforms, which allows for future detection of rogue UASs.
Sensofusion’s technology is now being integrated as the core of MCWL’s Mobile Counter-UAS system, enabling the Marines to experiment with this emerging capability and develop new tactics, techniques and procedures.
“Given the proliferation of commercially-available UAS and the increasingly dangerous threat they pose, a force protection capability like that provided by AIRFENCE will be an essential part of any integrated air defense system for the foreseeable future,” said Maj. J.B. Persons of the MCWL. “We are eager to get this capability into experimentation and transition it to the operating forces as quickly as possible.”
AIRFENCE Mobile is already being used in urban environments, specifically by law enforcement and government VIPs, including presidents and prime ministers of foreign governments.
Sensofusion plans to bring its technology to other U.S. military branches including Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as with the Department of Homeland Security to specifically protect our nation’s border.
“AIRFENCE is currently protecting some of the highest-ranking government officials in the world. With the recent advancements in AIRFENCE, we have taken a leap forward from the rest and it is our intent to position AIRFENCE as the go-to hardware/software of choice for protecting U.S. troops, government officials and civilians,” said Kaveh H. Mahdavi, Sensofusion vice president of Operations.
AIRFENCE currently is being used by international airports in Europe, as well as military bases, high-profile government buildings and government VIP events. AIRFENCE also is used in securing prisons from individuals who want to smuggle contraband. AIRFENCE mobile is being deployed for various police and military applications. AIRFENCE now is expanding to other critical infrastructure including nuclear power plants, waste and water treatment centers, and energy-producing facilities such as electrical substations and solar farms.