The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) employed Rafael Advanced Defense Systems‘ DRONE DOME counter-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (c-UAV) systems to protect the physical site and world leaders from unmanned aerial threats during the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England.
Rafael’s DRONE DOME c-UAV system is an innovative end-to-end, combat-proven system that provides all-weather, 360-degree rapid defense against hostile drones. Fully operational and globally deployed, DRONE DOME offers a modular, robust infrastructure comprised of electronic jammers and sensors and unique artificial intelligence algorithms to effectively secure threatened air space.
DRONE DOME’s advanced technology allows it to effectively address drone and UAV threats through detection, identification, and neutralization. When DRONE DOME identifies a threat, it allocates the target to the laser, locks onto the target, tracks it, and carries out either a soft or hard-kill with its unique, integrated laser technology.
The artificial intelligence capabilities of DRONE DOME, along with the advanced laser and sensor systems, provide a precise picture of the incoming threat. This allows the system to detect and identify specific threat elements more accurately and engage and neutralize targets faster and more efficiently.
The system’s flexibility across military and civil applications offers advanced protection for manoeuvring forces, sensitive facilities, border protection, and civilian targets such as airports and other public facilities.
“Rafael today recognizes two new and key trends in the field of counter-UAVs, both of which DRONE DOME can successfully defend against,” said Meir Ben Shaya, Rafael EVP for Marketing and Business Development of Air Defense Systems.
“The first trend is the number of drones employed during an attack, and the operational need to have the ability to counter multiple, simultaneous attacks; this is a significant, practical challenge that any successful system must be able to overcome.
“The second trend is the type of tool being employed. Previously, air defense systems were developed to seek out conventional aircraft, large UAVs, and missiles, but today these defense systems must also tackle smaller, slower, low-flying threats which are becoming more and more autonomous.
“Today’s threats pose a significant challenge for SIGNT and radar systems which are predominantly built to seek larger, more conventional targets. These new threats require hard-kill solutions, which is precisely why Rafael developed its laser interception system now integrated into DRONE DOME.”