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DroneGun Tactical Video and Corporate Video

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Sydney Australlia and Warrenton, Virginia, USA – DroneShield Ltd (ASX: DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield”), a publicly-traded leader in the emerging industry of drone security solutions, has released a video showing its portable, rifle-shaped jammer DroneGun Tactical™ in action.

The release follows a surge in the interest in the counterdrone industry following the recent events at Gatwick Airport, whereby a drone or multiple drones shut down all air traffic at the airport for approximately 48 hours.

In addition, DroneShield has released its corporate video, containing a collection of striking footage of drone incidents and on drone threats to the public, as well as footage of a range of DroneShield’s counterdrone products.

DroneShield continues to lead the counterdrone market. DroneGun Tactical has been successfully deployed globally since its launch in early 2018. DroneShield’s high profile recent delpoyments include, among others:

• a 70 unit order by a Middle Eastern Ministry of Defence,
• a United States military trial,
• an order from a Central American government security agency,
• an order by the national security agency of a major Asian country,
• an order from the major Middle Eastern telecom Zain,
• an order for use by a Western governmental security agency, and
• a deployment of DroneShield’s drone detection system by the British military.

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Kuwait’s Zain Group Purchases DroneShield’s Equipment

Friday, December 21st, 2018

DroneShield Ltd (the “Company” or “DroneShield”) is pleased to announce that, following the execution of a Teaming Agreement with Kuwait’s Zain Group (“Zain”), a US$7 billion leader in telecommunications in the Middle East, announced to the market on 5 December 2018, Zain has now placed an order for DroneShield’s equipment. While the value of the order is not material to DroneShield’s overall revenues, it represents an important step in the evolution of DroneShield’s relationship with Zain.

DroneShield’s Chief Executive Officer Oleg Vornik, said “Our key Middle Eastern partner Zain, which operates across a number of Middle Eastern countries and has a workforce of over 6,000 and over 47 million active individual, business and governmental customers in the region, has financially committed to the partnership by ordering our equipment. Just weeks ago, Zain announced the establishment of its Zain Drone business that will serve governments and enterprises in Kuwait, with plans to extend the business gradually across Zain’s regional footprint. Zain selected DroneShield as its counterdrone partner because, in the words of Zain Group’s CEO Bader Al Kharafi, as set out in Zain Group’s release about its partnership with DroneShield, “DroneShield’s product range, coupled with our telecommunications expertise, provides exactly what our [Zain’s] customers are looking for. Consequently, after an extensive review of the counterdrone market, we [Zain] opted to enter into a Teaming Agreement with DroneShield.”

DroneShield looks forward to building on its recent successes in the Middle East and elsewhere, together with Zain.”

DroneShield Systems Added to Australian Military Sales Catalogue for 2019

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its products DroneGun , DroneSentry and DroneSentinel have been approved for inclusion in the 2019 Australian Military Sales Catalogue, maintained by AMS (Australian Military Sales), a Directorate within the Australian Government’s Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

The role of AMS is to support Australian sovereign capability and military sales programs through initiatives including:

• International Government-to-Government purchase of Australian origin, sensitive technology, Defence articles, and

• Supporting Australian defence industry to export to foreign government customers.

AMS supports Australian defence industry to export leading–edge capability solutions to foreign government customers. By leveraging relationships across the military diplomatic community, AMS provides opportunities for Australian defence industries to utilise the Australian government’s network of national and international military partners to identify sales opportunities thereby improving and enhancing the promotion and export of products and capabilities.

The purpose of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue is to inform potential foreign government customers of Australian defence equipment and of Australian defence industry products and services available under international government to government arrangements.

The Catalogue is distributed to foreign and Australian Defence Attaches around the world.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, commented “DroneShield is grateful for continued substantial support for its global sales from the Australian Government, through its earlier announced Defence Export Strategy. Through the Military Sales Catalogue, defence trade show hosting with Team Defence Australia, and the incredible assistance we receive from the Australian embassies globally, we are excited to continue delivering on our strategy of being an Australian headquartered global leader in drone countermeasures.”

DroneShield’s DroneSentry and DroneGun Tactical Evaluated by US Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise the market that the U.S. Department of Defense Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia has evaluated DroneShield’s products DroneSentry™ and DroneGun Tactical™ at an event facilitated by the Army Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) Unique Mission Cell (UMC). DroneShield’s successful deployment at that event included:

•    participation in seven experimental scenarios,

•    detection and tracking of multiple UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) via combined radiofrequency (RF) and radar detection of DroneShield’s DroneSentry™ platform;

•    provision of real-time battlefield intelligence of mock-threat drones to fielded experimental participants through TAK/ATAK integration (ATAK, or Android Tactical Assault Kit, is a major software platform used by the U.S. military); and

•    enabling the “Blue Force” (friendly forces) command to negate mock-threat drones through the use of our DroneGun Tactical™ and DroneCannon™ systems.

Image: DroneGun Tactical

This follows DroneShield’s recent successful participation in the Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise with the UK military, using its DroneSentinel™ platform.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, commented “The U.S. and UK military trials continue to cement DroneShield’s leadership in the counterdrone space, as those and numerous other global end-users continue to seek counterdrone solutions to combat the rapidly escalating and constantly evolving drone threat.”

AeroVironment Quantix Drone and Decision Support System To Aid National Park Service Recovery Efforts From Southern California Woolsey Fire

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

• Woolsey fire destroyed 88% of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

• AeroVironment Quantix™ drone & Decision Support System™ data analytics platform delivered drone-based aerial imagery and actionable intelligence to guide disaster assessment and recovery efforts

• Company’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations and Geographical Information Systems teams supporting National Park Service rangers and scientists to develop long-term environmental recovery and park rebuilding strategy

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2018 –  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it is supporting the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program to assess the environmental impact of the Woolsey wildfire in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area of Southern California. Burning over 96,949 acres, the devastating Woolsey wildfire destroyed more than 616 park structures and consumed approximately 88% of National Park Service land within the recreation area. Considered one of Los Angeles’ most cherished open spaces featuring hiking trails and historic structures, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is also home to a wide variety of indigenous plants and animals, including multiple protected and endangered species.

Working in close collaboration with National Park Service park rangers and scientists, AeroVironment Commercial Information Solutions Unmanned Aircraft Systems flight operations and Geographic Information Science teams have initiated a comprehensive drone-based aerial imaging and environmental impact study to assess fire damage in key areas of the park. Aerial imagery data collected will be used to quantify oak tree mortality and vegetation stress, in addition to documenting the dramatic changes in park visitor experience.

Utilizing AeroVironment’s Quantix™ hybrid drone and Decision Support System (AV DSS™)  advanced data analytics platform, the team captured and analyzed high-resolution drone-based aerial imagery to quickly map the affected burn area, and gain actionable insights into the scope and scale of the damage. In addition to immediate disaster response and damage assessment, data collected will facilitate the development of a long-term environmental recovery and park rebuilding strategy.

Purpose built for commercial applications including precision agriculture, infrastructure and mining operations, the Quantix hybrid drone innovative VTOL technology allows it to operate effectively in a variety of conditions, and can survey up to 400 acres in just 45 minutes. During flight, Quantix integrated sensors capture high-resolution RGB color and multispectral imagery via dual 18MP cameras. On-board processing delivers true color and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps on the Quantix control tablet as soon as the drone lands, allowing teams to ground-truth potential issues immediately. For more detailed analysis, the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS) performs advanced image processing and data analytics including True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, and anomaly detection to gain deeper insights into environmental damage and vegetation health. For more information on Quantix and AV DSS visit: www.avdroneanalytics.com

“Reaching just a few miles from our operations, the Woolsey fire directly impacted numerous AeroVironment team members and families in our community,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business. “Within hours of receiving National Park Service clearance, our flight operations team began flying Quantix over the affected burn area, collecting invaluable aerial imagery data – and providing any support needed to help the park’s disaster assessment and recovery efforts.”

“This is one small way that we can help our community recover from this disaster, and one of the many ways AeroVironment’s robotics, sensors and connectivity solutions can help our customers proceed with certainty.” Flittie added.

For more information on the National Park Service – Inventory and Monitoring Program please visit: www.nps.gov

Drone operations are being conducted under a special permit, flying drones over National Park Service lands is generally prohibited. No federal endorsement implied.

DroneShield Participates In British Army Autonomous Warrior 2018

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

• DroneShield provides DroneSentinelTM for drone detection to the British Army

• Participates in the Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise

• Enables the participants to detect hostile drones


Image: DroneShield’s DroneSentinelTM user interface

DroneShield Limited (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise its participation in The British Army’s Army Warfighting Experiment (Autonomous Warrior) 2018.

The British Army has launched this four-week exercise, with a Battlegroup from the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom) providing the exercising troops and taking responsibility of command and control.  British soldiers will test and evaluate the effectiveness of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) on the battlefield. These technological advances will play a key role in the Army’s strike capability, ensuring British forces remain unmatched on the global stage. Autonomous Warrior will develop capabilities in surveillance which will greatly improve the effectiveness of long-range and precision targeting by service personnel.

The UK Defence Minister Mark Lancaster stated, “Our Armed Forces continue to push the limits of innovative warfare to ensure that we stay ahead of any adversaries or threats faced on the battlefield. Autonomous Warrior sets an ambitious vision for Army operations in the 21st Century as we integrate drones, unmanned vehicles and personnel into a world-class force for decades to come.”

The exercise is the result of a large-scale collaboration between the British Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army, the UK Ministory of Defence, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the industry participants who were invited to participate.

DroneShield was invited to participate in the exercise and is providing its DroneSentinelTM system to the British Army as a rapidly deployable, counterdrone system to enable troops to detect and defend against hostile drones. Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO commented “we were tasked with training and advising British troops on the deployment and operation of our DroneSentinelTM system.  This allowed the troops to independently operate and integrate the capability, using the system to autonomously defend against drones and also inform commanders about the presence of threat drones”.

AeroVironment Awarded $3.2 Million Puma AE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract by United States Department of Defense for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Ally

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

• Puma all-environment system supports ground, riverine and maritime missions

• United States Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program facilitates interoperability among U.S. and allied forces

MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2018 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it received a $3,228,856 firm-fixed-price contract on Sept. 14, 2018 from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide RQ-20B Puma AE II small unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) area of responsibility.  Delivery is anticipated by March 30, 2019.

“The vast, diverse landscape of the INDOPACOM area of operation demands small unmanned aircraft systems that can support ground, riverine and maritime operations effectively,” said Kirk Flittie, vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business.  “The combat-proven Puma has demonstrated its unique effectiveness in a wide range of operating environments, from mountains to deserts, from the Arctic to Antarctica, on land and on the open ocean, delivering actionable intelligence to help customers proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment’s family of small drones comprise the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. DoD inventory and its rapidly growing international customer base numbers more than 45 allied governments.  “This contract is a good example of the additional procurement potential among our international customers,” said Flittie.

The AeroVironment Puma is designed for land-based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on the ground, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.

MyDefence Demonstrates Drone Swarm Counter UAS Jammer

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Fredensborg, Denmark, October 23, 2018 – On October 12, MyDefence co-hosted the event Electric Storm to demonstrate the capability of the latest MyDefence Counter UAS products for dismounted soldiers. The event featured a live demonstration of the detection and jamming capabilities of the WINGMAN 103 drone detector and the PITBULL Counter UAS jammer.

Last month, DeDrone announced the capability to detect drone swarms, and assuming the same conditions, MyDefence is now announcing drone swarm jamming capability, which was demonstrated at Electric Storm. During the event, five drone operators attempted to execute a coordinated drone attack. The coordinated attack was effectively neutralized using the MyDefence PITBULL Counter UAS jammer, and all drone operators lost control of their drones.

“Drone swarms are a concern in the military domain and it has been a priority for us to provide an effective solution to combat multiple drones for both dismounted soldiers and in fixed installations. With the WINGMAN and PITBULL setup, we have demonstrated just that, and the system will be able to defeat countless drones simultaneously,” says Christian Steinø, CEO of MyDefence.

Product Features:
• The only wearable Counter UAS jammer on the market
• Ultra-light form factor with a weight of only 775 grams (w/o battery)
• Up to 20 hours standby battery time and 2 hours of continuous jamming
• Both automated and manual jamming modes
• Jamming range of 1,000 meters1
• Average power output is 2W
• Software is programmable

1)E.g. on DJI Phantom 4 at a 1,250m distance to the drone operator (amounting to a jamming range of 80%)

The PITBULL Counter UAS jammer is the ideal solution for dismounted soldiers operating in hostile environments, where enemy forces utilize commercially available drones for reconnaissance and as weapon delivery systems.

The device is wearable and weighs only 775 grams. Used in conjunction with the WINGMAN drone detector, the PITBULL can automatically jam drone signals, when a drone is detected. This reduces the cognitive load of the operator, allowing the soldier to focus on the mission, without worrying about enemy drones.

Read more about the PITBULL Counter UAS Jammer here.