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First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day Wrapup

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Last week, I attended the First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day, held at the Va Beach Military Aviation Museum. Despite pressing foul weather, the museum offered ample room for booth space as well as in the hangar and apron area for demonstrations.


Attendance was restricted to vetted government and industry members, but the individual demonstrations were quite technical and required a basic level of experience with the subject. Terminology alone would have marginalized the casual observor.

The event focused on two sides of the Unmanned Aerial System coin. There isn’t a single drone technology. Consequently, countering them requires a layered approach, with multiple technologies to go after the signals; commercial and military, as well as novel, the result of tweaking existing systems to operate outside standard parameters.

Below is an overview of the various vendors to demonstrate at the industry day.

Aeryon Labs Inc.


Aeryon Labs focused on their Sky Ranger. It flies at 50 kph but will maintain station in gusts up to 90 kph. It also offers a 25-30 min flight duration with its heaviest payload (60 x zoom EO Offering the ability to read a license plate at 1500m) but can remain aloft for up to 50 min with lighter payload (FLIR Tau 2 EO/IR sensor).

Optimized to fly with tablet and stylus and boasting a 256 bit encryption datalink, it can also be controlled with a joystick.

The Sky Ranger offers a 120 to -20 deg operational window and integrates an auto landing using Sonar which kicks in at 10’ above the deck.



MyDefense is a Danish firm which offers the Wingman 100, a TRL 9, manwearable UAS detection system. It is currently in use with US prisons and EU militaries.

It is an RF detector with a 60 deg directional antenna and a max range of 1000m. It offers general direction detection by turning the body and compares signals to a limited library (recreational systems are absent). When a signal is detected, the Wingman calls out “drone” or “controller”. It also offers light and vibration alert features.

They are currently working with JIEDDO to introduce the Wingman 101 which features an Aluminum backplate and removable battery. This model will also connect to common military batteries and will pertain up to 3 days.

Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin demonstrated their Indago 2 VTOL quadcopter. It can be folded up and transported in two Kevlar reinforced transport cases.


The Indago 2 offers the DUO+, ION30X, and dual IR sensors (NIIRS 8 at 400m) as hotswapplable payloads and will remain aloft for up to 50 min at a range of 2km and an operating altitude of 10-500’ AGL.



Batelle’s Drone Defender is a handheld man-portable directional jammer, resembling the point and shoot operation of a rifle, which breaks the communication between the drone and controller and disrupt the GPS signal. The range is up to 400m.

Rohde & Schwarz


Rohde & Schwarz brought out their demo van which incorporates a full suite of EW/SIGINT capabilities.


Included in the van’s various capabilities is the Ardronis system which looks at 8 MHz of bandwidth at a time, searching for signal characteristics indicative of a UAS. In addition to geolocation of the signal, it can then characterize the signal using its onboard library. Library Data is updated quarterly. However, new drones can be added manually or via signal capture and classification.



Aerovironmemt flew their Puma SUAS System, outfitted with the new I45 payload which adds a low level light camera with improved illumination over the I25. In fact, the I45 payload offers NIIRS 9+ at 1000m oblique.


The Puma boasts 2.5 hours of flight time and 20km LOS range, although there is also a 3 hour battery. It features auto land which allows it to essentially come straight down into a small area.



Dedrone’s DroneTracker is designed tospecifically go after commercial drones which are the most prolific form of UAS. It can be mounted to windows or building facades to identify approaching drones via visual, acoustic and frequency sensors.  In addition to characterizing approaching drones, the system can tip and cue other sensors such as cameras.



FLIR discussed their sensor packages as well as their PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System, which includes the pocket sized Black Hornet 2 sensor, boasting EO or EO/IR sensors. The entire system weighs just 1.3 kg.


The Black Hornet 2 Offers 25 min flight time, 1.6 km LOS data link range and 5 mps ground speed, tolerating up 12 mps gusts.


UAS and CUAS technologies are rapidly changing. Fortunately, ADS plans to make this an annual event. If you involved in either, or both disciplines I highly recommend attending the next Industry Day.

To learn more about any of these technologies, visit

Inglorious Amateurs – Science and Technology Print

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

The Office of Technical Services produced several comic book cover prints for its 50th anniversary in 2001. This is the second historical Agency comic print from the Directorate of Science and Technology.


Sized 8″ x 12″ on a hard back, they are ready to mount right out of the package.

Quantico Tactical Thursday – Lighter, Smaller, and More Capability

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

SOI C4ISR Platforms


Spec Ops, Inc. has been providing Tactical C2 hardware to military and first responders around the world for over 14 years. Known as SOI C4ISR Platforms, the company has a reputation for its TOC-in-a-Box solutions. These solutions consist of everything the end user needs for a current tactical picture. The original TOC-in-a-Box product developed by SOI engineers was the Rapid Tactical Operations Center or RTOC. The first RTOCs, shown above, were a projection based system with one, two, or three 60” diagonal images, XGA projectors and can be operational in under 15 minutes. The invention of the RTOC allowed units to be able to display maps, logistical plans, current battlefield situations, and feeds from either a team member’s computer or outside source. By displaying this information in the TOC, this facilitated better shift transitions and immediate situational awareness to the tactical commander. In addition, all SOI cases are built to withstand military transit and weatherproofed meeting the IP65 rating, making movements quicker and easier.


SOI’s latest RTOC offerings integrate high resolution, high lumen projectors and include systems with large UHD LED displays. The LED displays can also be mutli-touch for comprehensive operational discussions and briefings. The projection based RTOCs have been miniaturized, saving weight and providing a significantly reduced footprint. The Nano RTOC (nRTOC) and the Mini RTOC (mRTOC), are smaller when stowed and 85lbs lighter. These systems are both front and rear projection capable, utilize a 4,500 lumen WUXGA projector, and can facilitate the pen like product (e-beam) which provides interactive capability. The nRTOC has a single projector and can be ordered with a screen size up to 100” diagonal. The mRTOC is a dual projection system and supports a pair of 60” or 75” diagonals. Both systems can be setup with one person in under 10 minutes.


For a quote or more information about Quantico Tactical or SOI’s line-up of C4ISR Platforms, please e-mail , call 910.944.5800 or visit

Anquan Launches CAST – Cyber Attack Survival Training – an Immersive Training Programme for Executive Teams

Monday, November 6th, 2017

LONDON – Nov. 3, 2017 – After three years of development Anquan has launched the CAST (Cyber Attack Survival Training) platform. CAST provides a new concept and approach to address the critical lack of cyber awareness at an executive level within organisations. It exploits immersive educational, exercise and planning techniques and each simulation is delivered by a team of subject matter experts drawn from across government and the commercial sector.

The cyber threat to companies is real, increasing and regularly overlooked – CAST exercises strip away the dry technical briefings and delivers fast-paced real-time crises, pushing teams to the very limits of their abilities and delivers critical awareness and understanding. At its core, CAST is an experience, which elicits strong reactions from participants.

“For over three years Anquan has been developing these immersive cyber crisis scenarios – scenarios that allow people to experience, learn and assess how they might react in the face of a serious cyber event” says Will Burton, Senior Game Designer at Anquan. “For most people cyber is dull, not on their radar. CAST is exciting, fun and a little scary – thats how you get people to listen and learn”.

Every company, school, department and organisation runs fire drills, but almost none run cyber drills. How would you respond to a massive data breach, a leak of sensitive information or cyber ransom attack? What procedures, do you have in place? Which members of the team do you involve? And what is your internal and external communications strategy? These are the critical questions that a CAST simulation makes clients confront.

With the CAST platform, Anquan has found a new way to pass along the critical cyber awareness messages that are needed across all business sectors.

Reminder – First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day Is Next Week

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

ADS Inc is presenting their First Annual UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day on November 7th & 8th at the Military Aviation Museum in Va Beach.


This is a very interesting topic for me. New capabilities roll out regularly for Unmanned Aerial Systems. But maybe even more important, drones have become the number one asymmetric threat due to their wide proliferation. Their payloads increase while their cost goes down making them a solution of choice for adversaries seeking low-cost ISR and precision weapons. Developing an adaptable strategy to counter them is critical.

During the two-day event, vendors will present eight, one-hour sessions to educate attendees on their technologies.

This event is not open to the public.

Hope to see you there. To sign up and to review the daily schedule, visit

AeroVironment Enhances Its Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with M1/M2/M5 Compatible Digital Data Link (DDL) Products

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

QUANTICO, VA at Modern Day Marine, Sept. 19, 2017 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced that it has delivered M1/M2/M5-compatible Raven® and Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to two DoD customers, with more orders and deliveries scheduled. In addition, the company will begin taking orders in December 2017 for M1/M2/M5-configured Wasp® AE micro air vehicles (MAV) for delivery in spring 2018.

“Integrating the new M1/M2/M5 radio frequencies into our family of small UAS gives our customers the ability to seamlessly and securely conform to the Department of Defense‘s new frequency spectrum allocation and proceed with certainty,” said David Sharpin, vice president of AeroVironment’s Tactical UAS Business Unit. “By combining all three frequency bands in the same transceiver module, we’ve made it easy for users to select the frequency band associated with the part of the world in which they are operating without having to swap any hardware.”

AeroVironment today also unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ AE, a rugged, all- environment, next generation, secure digital video and data receiver that also integrates the new M1/M2/M5 radio frequency spectrum. The all-environment design of AeroVironment’s new Pocket DDL AE makes it significantly more rugged than its predecessor by offering a fully waterproof package (immersible to three feet) that supports tactical operations in a wide range of environmental conditions and difficult urban terrain.


Designed for simplicity and ease of use, the Pocket DDL AE facilitates rapid and secure access to a small UAS Digital Data Link (DDL) network. Each sleek unit has no exterior buttons or displays and is completely controlled through an App. Pocket DDL AE has a standard Glenair® Mighty-Mouse connector, making it compatible with the Army‘s Net Warrior system, so dedicated cables for Pocket DDL are not necessary. It can operate from any power supply, providing between 5 and 32 volts DC.

Pocket DDL AE implements an open-systems architecture, using a USB interface and XML messaging for control of the radio functions. This enables apps designed for special purposes, such as tactical operations, search and rescue, asset tracking, long- range communications, mission command, and targeting to use Pocket DDL AE to employ small UAS to help perform their tasks more effectively.


“Combined with the M1/M2/M5 upgrade to our Pocket DDL AE, this provides greatly enhanced capability across our entire family of small UAS product line for improved tactical operations,” Sharpin said. “This example demonstrates our ongoing commitment to upgrade our Family of Systems products and provide new capabilities to our existing and new customers around the world.”

AeroVironment will announce additional upgrades to its market-leading Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems during the Association of the Army’s Annual Meeting next month.

IPS & REI Exhibiting Full Range of Electronic Detection Equipment at DSEI 17

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

IPS (International Procurement Services) & REI (Research Electronics Internaitonal) will be exhibiting their full range of electronic detection equipment at DSEI ExCel London, 12-15 September 2017

Among the range on show, will be the newly launched ORION 900 HX and ORION HX Deluxe Non-Linear Junction Detectors and the new TALAN 3 Telephone and Line Analyzer.

The new ORION 900 HX NLJD uses lower frequency to detect electronic semi-conductor components through dense materials such as bricks, concrete and soil. The longer 900 MHz wavelength enables it to detect older, less refined circuitry, to detect and locate hidden cameras, microphones, and other electronic devices regardless of whether the surveillance device is radiating, hard wired, or turned off.

Whereas the ORION 2.4 HX NLJD has a shorter wavelength of 2.4GHz, is better at detecting modern, surface-mounted circuitry and electronic semi-conductor components within normal office environments.

The ORION HX Deluxe NLJD has interchangeable 2.4GHz / 900 MHz antenna heads which are easily exchanged. The touch screen controller, automatically recognises which antenna is being used and displays the corresponding data. The Deluxe sweeps both small, modern circuitry in office environments, and older, less refined circuitry through dense materials.

The new TALAN 3.0 Telephone and Line Analyzer has enhanced VoIP traffic analysis on phones and networks, patent pending FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) algorithm for visual display of VoIP traffic, earth/ground testing for modified connections to extraneous wiring and an advanced input panel to accept and test shielded ethernet cables.

The TALAN 3.0 analyses digital, analogue and VoIP phone systems and wiring for faults, anomalies and security risks using a suite of telephone tests including an automatic switching matrix. By capturing and analysing the network stream for fast identification of unauthorised VoIP traffic it can quickly detect if a VoIP phone system is passing data packets even when the phone is not in use.

The easy-to-use interface allows users to visually observe patterns of consistent, repetitive traffic. Common VoIP services will often display a unique set of characteristics that can later be used to visually identify similar sets of traffic. Extensive, advanced filtering makes it easier to locate and identify suspicious packet information.

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Army bans use of a COTS UAS system

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Urgent operational usage of commercial electronic equipment is nothing new.  Early in the GWOT, FRS “walkie talkie” equipment was frequently purchased by individual troops or with unit funds to address a shortage of comms at the squad level.  Later, theater orders were issued prohibiting their usage due to grievous OPSEC/COMSEC issues and this shortfall was addressed with TPE (theater provided equipment) issue of ICOM and other commercial radio systems.

In a similar vein,  Army organizations have procuring  commercial hobbyist UAV systems to provide situational awareness and ISR capabilities “on the cheap.”   However, such systems introduce a multitude of operational and cyber vulnerabilities.   For the most common systems made by DJI, telemetry, audio, video, and locational data  is sent back by default to the Chinese manufacturer.

On 2 August, the US Army prohibited the use of DJI drones:






WASHINGTON, DC 20310-0400



2 August 2017

SUBJECT: Discontinue Use of Dajiang Innovation (DJI) Corporation Unmmaned Aircraft Systems

1. References:

a. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) report, “DJI UAS Technology Threat and User Vulnerabilities,” dated 25 May 2017 (Classified).

b. Navy memorandum, “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products,” dated 24 May 2017.

2. Background: DJI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) products are the most widely used non-program of record commercial off-the-shelf UAS employed by the Army. The Army Aviation Engineering Directorate has issued over 300 separate Airworthiness Releases for DJI products in support of multiple organizations with a variety of mission sets. Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.

3. Direction: Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.

4. Point of Contact: Headquarters, Department of the Army G-3/5/7 Aviation Directorate, 703-693-3552

Lieutenant General, GS
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7

Exploitation of data collected by these drones can provide an adversary with a inductive picture of friendly force operations, locations, and tempo.  Much like watching surges in pizza deliveries to headquarters buildings at night, an adversary can infer forward operations by spikes in data traffic.

While the technical specifics are beyond the scope and span of SSD, this decision is still quite relevant to our readership.

For further information, check out this article from our peers at SUASnews.