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MyDefence introduces a modular anti-drone solution for airports, prisons and military bases

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Cary, NC – February 19, 2019 – For the past three years, MyDefence has been hard at work with development of a new type of anti-drone system that can effectively solve the problem of protecting large scale areas against the threat of drones. The system is named KNOX and is a customizable end-to-end anti-drone solution with purpose-built RF sensors, drone radars, and integrated EO/IR for visual tracking. KNOX is now available for commercial use at airports, prisons, critical infrastructure as well as for military use for base security.

The KNOX anti-drone solution fortifies an area against unauthorized drone flights, providing both passive detection and active defeat solutions to neutralize any small drones in the secured airspace. The name KNOX is inspired from the infamous Fort Knox – one of the most secure locations on earth.

To accomplish the most effective detect-and-defeat solution, KNOX utilizes different sensor technologies, which each serves a purpose in detecting, locating, tracking and defeating a drone threat in the vicinity of the secured area.

The anti-drone system includes RF sensors to detect and ultimately defeat drone threats. For military customers, we supply reactive smart jamming effectors – a next generation jamming technology with the least possible impact on other radio communication. Other sensor technology includes purpose-built drone radars that track the location of drones as well as integrated EO/IR for visual tracking in real-time. The combination of sensor technologies complements each other to provide the best possible protection against unauthorized drones.

“We have always engineered our anti-drone solutions around the tactical requirements of the end-user, and I am proud to announce the release of our newest solution, KNOX, which provides the necessary scalability to accommodate protection of very large sites, modularity to integrate third-party sensors and flexibility to integrate the solution into existing security infrastructure,” says Luke Layman, CEO of MyDefence North America.

KNOX is designed for any scale of installation sites, from prison facilities to large international airports spanning miles across. The anti-drone solution can be utilized to protect critical infrastructure and military bases that require scalable anti-drone solutions, which will fortify and harden the perimeter against unauthorized drones in the airspace.

“Allowing customers the ability to integrate third-party sensors and not being dependent on one type of C2 user interface provides a future-proof system, which can continuously be upgraded as the threat evolves and new mitigation solutions are introduced,” says Layman.

The underlying modularity of the software suite handling inputs from the sensors allows for the anti-drone system to be integrated into a customer’s existing security setup, without the need for a stand-alone system. The seamless integration into a customer’s existing security setup results in less required operational training and for a more open platform that can accommodate current and future requirements of the customers.

www.mydefence.dk

DroneShield Assigned NATO Stock Number for DroneGun Tactical

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

DroneShield has today released an ASX announcement with regards to the assigning of a NATO Stock Number for the DroneGun Tactical™. The announcement is as follows:

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its DroneGun Tactical™ product has been assigned a NATO Stock Number (NSN). The DroneGun Tactical™ NSN is 5865661650137.

An NSN is a 13-digit numeric code, identifying all the “standardised material items of supply” as they have been recognised by all NATO countries including United States Department of Defense, and allows for any of the 29 NATO militaries to purchase DroneGun Tactical™ on a “military catalogue” basis, significantly simplifying the procurement process.

The assignment of an NSN is also relevant to non-NATO customers in that it is considered to signify that the product has achieved a certain level of acceptance by the world’s most discerning defence customers, the members of NATO and NATO’s allies.

In 2018, DroneShield obtained an NSN for DroneGun MKII™, the prior generation of the Company’s DroneGun™ product. That receipt of the NSN was followed, within several months, by the Company’s first substantial order for that product (for use by a Middle Eastern Ministry of Defence, in the amount of $3.2 million). The Company expects that the receipt of the NSN for DroneGun Tactical™ will assist its sales efforts in both NATO and non-NATO countries.

SHOT Show 18 – Droneshield

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

In addition to the many other products and services TSSI (Booth #30103) is displaying at SHOT Show, they are displaying Droneshield. Just this morning, reports of a drone sighting at Newark International Airport resulted in cancelled flights.

While the government continues to make decisions about who will be given the authorities to defeat drones (DroneGun Seen above), Droneshield has detection systems named DroneSentry and DroneSentinel which could have verified if a drone was present in the airspace and characterized it. They combine radar, RF sensors and EO/IR sensors.

They are passive, readily available on GSA Schedule and rapidly deployable. In fact, they are regularly deployed for events such as the Winter Olympics, Boston Marathon, NASCAR and other large public gatherings.

www.droneshield.com

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.

droneshield.com

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.