Collaboration to Build Layered Counter-Drone Solution

Rheinmetall and Anduril are set to develop new layered counter small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) defenses, combining Rheinmetall's Skymaster command and control system with Anduril’s Lattice software By William Mackenzie / 27 Jun 2024
Collaboration to Build Layered Counter-Drone Solution
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Rheinmetall and Anduril will work together to design, develop, and produce new layered counter small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) air defense systems, primarily to address European markets. 

These C-sUAS systems will combine Rheinmetall’s command and control system, Skymaster, and high-power guns with Anduril’s Lattice software. It will also integrate open, modular and scalable hardware components including Anduril’s Sentry Tower, Wisp sensors and Anvil, its autonomous interceptor. 

By combining the unique capabilities of both companies, a layered solution for C-sUAS is set to be developed. The partnership aims to bring together the complementary skills of the two companies.

Rheinmetall delivers high-power air defense guns and systems globally, providing advanced firepower. Anduril has developed a growing family of low-cost autonomous weapons systems, all powered by its AI-enabled, interoperable Lattice software platform.

The cooperation will enable both companies to jointly develop and implement a systematic approach, covering a wide sensor and effector mix. Ranging from diverse hard kill effectors to non-lethal effectors, and gun missiles to active and passive detection sensors, the system will increase the survivability and allow new strategic and operational advantages.

Rheinmetall and Anduril Industries signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during Eurosatory 2024, Paris. 

Oliver Dürr, CEO of Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, commented; “This cooperation will showcase the most innovative C-sUAS system – combining the strength of Rheinmetall military capabilities and the cutting edge development speed of Anduril. 

“I am absolutely confident that this combination will address the future needs of our clients and that we shall bring the right solution at the right time on the market.”

Greg Kausner, Anduril’s SVP of Global Defence, added; “The pace of warfare is accelerating at the speed of technology development. 

“Global defense forces must face a rapidly evolving set of threats from both emerging unmanned systems and legacy manned platforms. Air defense systems require a layered approach that is flexible, adaptable and rapidly deployable. 

“Anduril’s partnership with Rheinmetall will bring an innovative, software-defined and hardware enabled C-sUAS system to our customers to ensure they stay one step ahead of the drone threat.”

Posted by William Mackenzie Connect & Contact
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