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U.S. Army xTechSearch Shortlists DroneShield

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

DroneShield is pleased to announce that the United States Army has selected its wholly owned US subsidiary DroneShield LLC to advance to Phase II of Expeditionary Technology Search program (“xTechSearch”).

xTechSearch is sponsored by U.S. Army’s Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. It enables the selected private sector companies to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most critical Army modernisation challenges.

The Army xTechSearch program provides non-dilutive funding to selected private sector companies to demonstrate their technologies pertaining to Army challenges. The program also drives to integrate these businesses into the Army’s Science and Technology ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including authorized access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.

DroneShield LLC has been selected on the basis of Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning algorithms within its drone detection products, including RfPatrolTM, RfZeroTM, RfOneTM, DroneSentinelTM and DroneSentryTM.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “The United States Department of Defense (US DoD) has substantially the largest defence budget globally. Collaboration activities such as xTechSearch enable opportunities to be embedded into their ecosystem, with potential significant acquisitions following, as the US DoD seeks effective counterdrone solutions. This selection demonstrates cutting edge of DroneShield’s technologies on a global scale.”  

Image: DroneShield’s RfPatrol units

Colorado Company, Liteye Systems Expands Manufacturing, Opens 55K Sq Ft Facility

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

US Manufacture of AUDS (Anti-UAV Defense System) Experiences Rapid Growth in Counter Drone Market 

Centennial Colorado — Liteye Systems, Inc. the US leader in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems, announced the opening of a new 55,000 square foot facility in Highfield Business Park, near Centennial Airport, CO to accommodate rapid growth and support increasing manufacturing demands.

In addition to the corporate headquarters in Centennial, CO and UK office, the new facility will bring the company’s office and manufacturing footprint to over 80,000 square feet and supports the company’s growth strategy.  Liteye added 21 jobs in 2019 and plans an additional 20 jobs next year.

Liteye, founded by Kenneth Geyer and Tom Scott in January of 2000, is now ranked as one of the leading privately held companies in Colorado. Liteye has over $70M in counter drone contracts with the US DoD and is Combat Proven with over 1000 defeats against enemy drones by ISIS, Taliban and others.

“When Liteye started we designed and manufactured small products, such as Head Mounted Displays and covert thermal cameras,” stated Kenneth Geyer, CEO. “As the company grew and evolved into the counter unmanned systems market, the need for square footage and taller ceilings to house multiple vehicles, trailers and shipping containers on a production line to meet customer demands became necessary.” 

“Like most companies, in the beginning we focused mainly on the engineering portion, subcontracting the manufacturing and assembly of our products outside the company. As our military business grew, we brought both those capabilities inside the company to meet MIL-STD requirements and fast delivery times.” Said Thomas Scott, CTO “It started with just one CNC machine and has been growing ever since, where today we have a state-of-the-art machine shop and full production floor.”  


GA-ASI Awarded Gray Eagle ER Modernization Contracts

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

SAN DIEGO–General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has teamed with the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities and survivability of the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle ER’s avionics, datalinks and software in order to improve the UAS’s operational capability in contested environments. The modernization initiative provides an open architecture concept on the aircraft that is capable of hosting government-owned software, as well as increased autonomy required to support Scalable Control Interface and the rapid integration of long-range sensors. These enhancements will enable the Army’s vision for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).

“GE-ER provides the U.S. Army with a UAS that adjusts to the changing threat environment and mission needs with unmatched endurance.”

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“The Army is investing in the Gray Eagle system because they get a tremendous performance increase as a return on their investment,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “GE-ER provides the U.S. Army with a UAS that adjusts to the changing threat environment and mission needs with unmatched endurance.”

GA-ASI recently completed an open competition to modernize the datalinks on the platform. Tenets for the “best of breed” datalink competition included modular architecture with government-owned interfaces, reduction in size, weight, and power, with increased reliability, Soldier maintainability, and growth for future MDO requirements. Vendors selected include L3Harris Technologies, Airbus, Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Ramona Research, Inc. The modernized datalink solution, while significantly more capable, will cost less per aircraft than the current datalink suite.

UK Government Certifies DroneSentinel

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that UK Government’s Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (“CPNI”) has formally certified DroneShield’s DroneSentinelTM multi-sensor counterdrone system. 

As a result, DroneSentinelTM has been included in the CPNI Catalogue of Security Equipment (“CSE”). CSE forms an approved list of products for deployment across various critical infrastructure customers in the UK, such as airports, stadiums, and other key sites.  

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “The importance of this world’s first formal Government certification is that it substantially reduces procurement cycle in the nascent counterdrone space by giving prospective customers certainty of product quality. We expect this certification to drive significant additional end customer interest in UK and also globally.”

BT Group plc (LSE:BT.A) (“BT”), a global leader in telecommunication solutions with operations in 180 countries, and the largest telecommunications company in the United Kingdom, and DroneShield’s partner in the UK, has welcomed the CPNI certification. 

BT’s Dave Pankhurst, Head of Drone Solutions at BT, commented “By partnering with DroneShield we’re able to provide our customers with a best-in-class, integrated and secure drone solution that will protect infrastructure from unwanted drone activity. The CPNI certification further reinforces to our customers that BT is able to provide a capability of the highest specification ensuring safety and security is maintained.”

DroneShield to Protect 30th SEA Games

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been contracted to provide counterdrone protection for the 30th Southerneast Asian Games held in the Philippines from 30 November 2019 to 11 December 2019. The Games are expected to include 11 participating nations and approximately 9,000 athletes, and consist of 530 events across 56 sports. The event is expected to attract an audience of approximately 500 million viewers. 

DroneShield has sold, and received payment for, several of its products for the deployment at the Games. Additionally, the event will be utilised as a product demonstration opportunity to a large number of event security organisers, law enforcement and militaries across the region and globally.

Image: DroneShield deployed at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea 

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “Mass crowd events are a core market for DroneShield, with our prior deployments including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and ASEAN over the recent year alone.”

Release of DroneSentry-X

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the release of vehicle-mounted drone detection and defeat product, DroneSentry-X. Lightweight at approximately 10kg, compact size and and easily mountable on most vehicles, the product is expected to be of significant interest to a range of DroneShield’s customer base globally, across military, law enforcement, security and VIP markets. The product is suitable for both vehicle/convoy and fixed site installations. The product was developed in response to substantial customer interest.

Image: DroneSentry-X

The product summary is available here.

The product is available for purchase now to qualified customers, where lawful*, for delivery in 2020.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “Vehicle market for counterdrone protection is rapidly rising. In addition to catering for that segment, DroneSentry-X provides a more affordable detect-and-defeat solution for price-sensitive customers as an alternative to purchasing full-functionality DroneSentry product from us. DroneShield offers a complete suite of detection and defeat solutions to our customers, and this new product covers the customer need which we identified in our recent engagements”.

AeroVironment Awarded $12 Million Support Contract from Major Middle Eastern Ally

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

• Contract includes support, spares and repair services for existing fleet of Puma and Raven tactical unmanned aircraft systems

• More than 45 allied governments deploy systems from AeroVironment’s innovative family of tactical UAS  

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 14, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced a major Middle Eastern ally awarded the company a firm fixed-price contract valued at $11,999,992 on October 25, 2019 for logistics support, spares, and repair services in support of its existing fleet of AeroVironment’s Puma™ AE and Raven® B tactical UAS. The contract award period of performance is two years.

AeroVironment’s Puma™AE and Raven® B tactical UAS

 “Our United States and global customers require reliable, rugged and combat-proven tactical unmanned aircraft systems that defense and security personnel can deploy immediately from their rucksacks without the need for runways or other launch logistics,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment.  “This order builds on our fast-growing international customer base as more allied forces rely on our innovative systems to proceed with certainty on the frontlines.”

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.  With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight range of at least 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). The Raven’s stabilized gimbaled payload delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

The AeroVironment Puma AE is a fully man-portable unmanned aircraft system designed for land and maritime operations. The hand-launched Puma AE has a wingspan of 9.2 feet, weighs 15 pounds and operates for up to 2.5 hours at line-of sight range of 20 kilometers with a standard antenna, and up to 60 kilometers with AeroVironment’s Long-Range Tracking Antenna.  Capable of landing in water or on land, 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.

AeroVironment Wins U.S. Army Contract Valued at Up to $55 Million for Radio Frequency Modifications to Raven B Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

• Potential contract options total as much as $55 million; initial base delivery order is $862,488

• Hand-launched AeroVironment Raven is the most widely used military unmanned aircraft system in the world

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, announced the U.S. Army awarded the company a firm-fixed-price contract on June 6, 2019 to begin radio frequency modifications on its currently deployed Raven® UAS. The initial base delivery order is $862,488, with potential contract options valued up to $55 million.

“AeroVironment engineered and manufactures the Raven system, so we are best equipped to support quick and efficient field upgrades to ensure maximum Raven system uptime and force protection for operators around the world,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president, sales and business development for AeroVironment.  “AeroVironment and the Army are committed to supplying soldiers closest to the fight with the most advanced aerial robotic technology to gain critical situational awareness anywhere and at any time to help them proceed with certainty.”

AeroVironment won the competitive bid as part of the Army’s $248.5 million five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity small UAS sustainment contract announced in April 2018.  AeroVironment and six other awardees were selected as part of the IDIQ contract, which covers six domains: Systems, Tactical Open Government Owned Architecture (TOGA), Other Major Components, RQ-20A Puma Spares, RQ-11B Raven Spares and Flight Control Systems (FCS).  The Army selected AeroVironment as the sole-source supplier for RQ-20A and RQ-11B spares and for FCS.

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to approximately 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). With its stabilized gimbaled payload, the Raven delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.