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DroneShield’s Deployment Results in Arrest at College Football Game

Monday, October 14th, 2019

• DroneShield’s™ system deployed at a Division I football game

• Unauthorised drone flown over the stadium

• Law enforcement identified and secured the drone and arrested the operators thanks to the system

• Most counterdrone deployments are confidential

• This is a rare instance of a publicly-disclosed operation

Sydney Australia, London, UK and Warrenton, Virginia, USA – DroneShield Ltd (ASX: DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield”), a publicly-traded leader in the emerging industry of drone security solutions is pleased to provide the following update on a live deployment of its products.

Stadium Incident

On August 31, 2019, DroneShield’s system was being utilised at the opening game of the football season at a major college team stadium. This deployment was part of the university’s efforts to provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles.

As has become common at sporting events, an unauthorised drone was flown over the stadium at the end of the game’s third quarter. In the absence of the DroneShield deployment, the drone and its controller would have operated with impunity. However, thanks to DroneShield’s equipment, the law enforcement officers on the scene were able to track the drone in real-time, recover it rapidly and thus secure the site at which over a hundred thousand members of the public were present.  Their efforts ultimately led to the arrest of the drone’s pilots.

DroneShield’s Leadership Position

DroneShield is one of the very few companies in the counterdrone industry that have progressed to products that have been proven in a range of environments, against a range of drones, with multiple governmental and commercial users. Its products can be operated in a layered stand-alone defensive system or integrated into a larger command and control common operating system. 

As a result, just in the recent several months alone, DroneShield:

• entered into a memorandum of understanding with a subsidiary of The Saudi Telecom Company;

• commenced a collaboration with Collins Aerospace;

• partnered with Bosch;

• entered into a watershed partnership with BT Group to provide counterdrone solutions to its customers across the United Kingdom;

• won a competitive Australian Department of Defence tender for portable counterdrone devices; and

• experienced substantial revenue growth, quarter after quarter, for three consecutive quarters, from a standing revenue start.

 DroneShield’s products have been deployed for counterdrone security at, among others:

• an ASEAN meeting of heads of state;

• several Boston Marathon events over the years;

• the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics;

• the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games;

• Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship;

• World Economic Forum in Davos;

• and a number of other high profile events.

 Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s Chief Executive Officer, commented “The threat of drones to the public is real, clear and present. Most of the time, we are unable to disclose to the public the specifics of the deployments in which our products are utilised, or the very real and effective outcomes that our products achieve in protecting the public, service men and women, law enforcement, and others. We are pleased to be able to share this positive outcome with the public today.”

Further Information

Oleg Vornik

CEO and Managing Director 

Email: oleg.vornik@droneshield.com

Tel: +61 2 9995 7280

Trillium Sensors

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Trillium Sensors was founded in Hood River, Oregon, in 2013 by three engineers with experience in EO/IR sensor development, up to 8″ in size.

They are vertically integrated, with both in-house development and production. They specialize in stabilization control and GPS INS, integrating highly accurate geopointing along with h.264 video encoding. While the H.264 encoding standard might blur imagery, the newer H.265 is a more efficient compression. For instance, you’ll see 20-50 MBs with WiFi and .5-1 MBs for UAS operation.

I am particularly impressed with the HD25-XV, which is an EO only configuration, integrating a 3.5x optical zoom visible camera. Now get this, it’s a gimbaled camera weighing just 325g.

Much of their work is directly with OEM UAS producers. For example, the Trillium HD-45 sensor has already been integrated on the Lockheed-Martin Stalker.

However, Trillium can also provide sensors as upgraded payloads for already fielded platforms. In this case, they prefer whenever possible, to work directly with the customer in order to engineer a proper installation. Considering their sensor payload weights and sizes, there may be additional room for extra batteries, or an additional sensor.

To be sure, Trillium’s gimbaled EO/IR sensors are fantastic, but they combine them with intuitive software. They offer a 3D map GUI called Skylink which will run on Samsung tablets and handhelds. It allows control of the gimbal. Additionally, their feed is MISB compliant and will interface with ATAK.

To learn more, visit trilliumeng.com.

Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies Joins Persistent Systems Wave Relay Ecosystem

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Special Operations teams benefit from Indago 3 unmanned quadcopter on Wave Relay® MANET

NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 01, 2019 – Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Procerus Technologies (LMPT) joined the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned platform and sensor manufacturers using Persistent’s Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET).

LMPT will now offer special operators a version of the Indago 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS) that runs on Persistent’s Wave Relay® MANET, including the MPU5 radio.

“This is a big win for users in the Special Operations community,” said Shane Flint, Vice President of Business Development for Persistent. “The users understand that, to truly network the battlefield, you need a robust, scalable solution that allows for unmanned systems and sensors to operate on a common network, empowering the whole team, and reducing weight on the operator. LMPT’s integration of Wave RelayÒ makes this possible.”

In a MANET, each radio — whether on the ground or in the air—acts as both a receiver and a relay station. So, in true peer-to-peer fashion, users can share voice, video, text, sensor and location data without having to depend upon fixed communications infrastructure or a vulnerable central hub.

“The Indago 3 not only provides full motion video to the SOF team, but also extends the MANET through its advantaged airborne position over the team,” Flint added.

Persistent’s MPU5 radio connects to the Indago 3 controller, while the lightweight Embedded Module is integrated inside the UAS. The system is available with either an S-Band or L-Band RF module depending on the needs of the user.

The quiet, all-weather Indago 3 UAS weighs less than five pounds and can be folded for compact transport and unfolded for rapid deployment, getting airborne in just two and a half minutes. It can also stay in the air for up to 40 minutes while carrying a 250-gram payload.

The equally tough Wireless Hand Controller comes loaded with a Virtual Cockpit™ user-friendly mapping interface and powerful mission-planning tools.

The Wave Relay® enabled Indago 3 is available now. For more information visit: www.persistentsystems.com/ecosystem-overview

Commercial Drones No Longer a New and Emerging Threat

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Liteye Systems, Inc and Red Six Solutions. Responds to Saudi Drone Attack

Centennial Colorado — The deliberate and calculated drone attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities is of strategic and global significance.  Access to inexpensive unmanned aircraft has changed the landscape for malicious activities, heightening the threat to critical infrastructures; airports, energy, agriculture, commercial, government and public venues. 

“Incidents and effectiveness of drone related attacks are steadily increasing.  As this trend continues, the next incident will happen, and it could be larger and more destructive,” said Kenneth Geyer, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Liteye Systems, Inc. “Protecting human life and critical assets from nefarious drone use is vital and requires layers of defensive capabilities.  We’ve partnered with expert organizations in industry to bring these solutions to fruition.  Only by integrating multiple levels of security can we hope to defend against attacks such as what happened on Saturday.”   

Liteye Systems, Inc. has protected personnel and critical infrastructure against enemy or hazardous use of small drones when our systems first deployed with US forces in Iraq. Those first systems, and many more since, are still in operation today protecting U.S. DoD sites, but little is being done to protect equally important sites like critical transportation, energy and chemical infrastructure.  Layered CUAS systems can prevent another incident.    

 “US security officials are aware of the seriousness of the situation faced by all critical facilities. There is an urgent need for the government to approve policies and release comprehensive solutions to provide direly needed protection to these high priority assets” said Scott Crino, CEO of Red Six Solutions.

AeroVironment Unveils VAPOR All-Electric Helicopter UAS at DSEI

Friday, September 13th, 2019

• VAPOR 35 and VAPOR 55 add vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and multi-payload capabilities, complementing and expanding AeroVironment’s leading fixed-wing small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

• VAPOR all-electric Helicopter UAS product line delivers advanced performance, endurance and payload flexibility, with up to 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) of usable payload capacity, and one hour of flight time on a single battery charge

• Addition of VAPOR strengthens AeroVironment’s commitment to delivering multi-mission operational capabilities and comprehensive small UAS solutions for defense, commercial and industrial customers

• AeroVironment combat-proven family of small UAS deliver actionable intelligence as the leading small UAS deployed by U.S. Armed Forces, and more than 45 allied governments

LONDON, at DSEI 2019, STAND N5-202, Sept. 10, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced the availability of its VAPOR all-electric Helicopter UAS at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world’s largest land, sea and air defense and security exhibition. Developed at AeroVironment Innovation Center-Midwest, VAPOR incorporates more than a decade of aerospace engineering, technical research and development to bring to market high-performance helicopter UAS at attractive price points for defense, commercial and industrial customers.

“The addition of VAPOR to our family of small unmanned aircraft systems demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with the most comprehensive capabilities to help them proceed with certainty in an ever changing operating environment,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president, sales and business development for AeroVironment. “VAPOR fully complements AeroVironment’s family of fixed-wing UAS with VTOL and flexible payload capabilities that can satisfy new customer missions across multiple domains.”

VAPOR – Intelligently Designed To Perform

Combining military-grade components, advanced flight control, and broad payload flexibility, VAPOR is purpose-built for mission critical performance. Fully automatic flight operation allows VAPOR to complete missions without operator intervention, with dynamic re-tasking to ensure safety, reliability and adaptable mission execution. With an expansive modular payload bay, and up to 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) of usable payload capacity, VAPOR is multi-mission capable with access to a variety of integrated sensors and third-party payloads including gimbaled EO/IR, survey grade PPK mapping, LiDAR and hyperspectral sensors, and an available Drop/Delivery Mechanism. Every VAPOR is powered by proprietary HeliSynth™ technology for system level optimization including advanced autopilot, payload command and control, and endurance.

Multiple VAPOR all-electric Helicopter UAS options are now available, enabling customers to choose the right configuration based on mission requirements, with the flexibility to create custom configurations that incorporate end-user provided equipment.

VAPOR 35 (GTOW 32 lbs., 14.5 kg) – With an advanced autopilot and a variety of available sensors, VAPOR 35 provides the flexibility to meet the most demanding missions. Aerodynamic 3-blade rotor design and high energy lithium-polymer batteries deliver up to one hour of flight time, all in a single case mission configuration with economical one-man lift packout.

VAPOR 55 (GTOW 55 lbs., 24.9 kg) – The versatile, powerful and easily configurable VAPOR 55 is designed to satisfy complex operational requirements. Heavy lift capable with up to 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) of usable payload weight (belly, side or slung), VAPOR 55 is single or multiple payload capable with access to a variety of integrated sensors, Drop/Delivery mechanism and third-party payload options.

VAPOR systems are now available for ordering. Learn more at www.avinc.com/vapor

Visit AeroVironment at DSEI 2019, STAND N5-202, Sept. 10-13, 2019 to learn more about VAPOR Helicopter UAS. www.dsei.co.uk

Drone Evolution Launches Unjammable Drone Technology At DSEI 2019

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

London, 11th September, 2019: Drone Evolution launches its new patented rotary UAV protection technology at DSEI 2019. Named SafeFlight, the system protects delivery drones from being jammed and its titanium shell protects it from a variety of external forces.

Using a range of navigation systems, SafeFlight can switch between them if it comes under attack, meaning that it can always stay on course for its destination. The titanium shell ensures it remains lightweight but impervious to small arms fire and laser attacks. Anti-jamming systems in the motors mean that they also remain resilient to electronic interference.

Toby Townrow, Communications Director at Drone Evolution, said: “We’re really excited to start telling the world about SafeFlight. Development of SafeFlight technology means that the nascent drone delivery industry can protect the public, the assets and the integrity of the industry itself, knowing that delivered items will always reach their destination however much bad actors may want to interfere with it.

“We are delighted to take Drone Evolution to its next level both in business and technology. I am particularly looking forward to launching this concept at DSEI 2019. This could be a game-changer for drone deliveries, one that could help to see them finally become a reality in both military and civilian life.”

www.dronevolution.co.uk

Drone Evolution Launches New Drone Tethering System At DSEI 2019

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

London, 10 September, 2019: Drone Evolution launches its new, milspec drone tethering system at DSEI 2019. The system allows any drone/camera combination to fly for six hours at a height of up to 200m, whilst transmitting data securely via a fibre-optic milspec cable. The military system is 24V, running off a military vehicle battery, and is controlled via a portable ground station which fits neatly into a 40mm ammo can.

The Dragon Tethered Drone (civil) version of this system has been proven over the past year and interest from the defence establishment has driven the development of the military prototype version. Development work is underway to enable beyond line of sight capability in the future.

Toby Townrow, Communications Director at Drone Evolution, said: “Development of our secure tethering system has been a natural progression for us and the interest we have had, both in UK and abroad, tells us that there is an urgent need for this equipment as drones are used more in security and defence roles.

“We are delighted to take Drone Evolution to its next level both in business and technology. I am particularly looking forward to a hush hush development we have been working on and will be announcing during DSEI.”

See Drone Evolution at DSEI and get your hands on their kit on stand S3-150 (part of the Welsh Government stand).

Army Looks to Enhance Mission Command with Robotic Swarms

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Army Futures Command, or AFC, is exploring the extent to which swarming formations of robotic systems could be used to enhance mission-command capabilities for Army small units.

Scientists and engineers within AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command, or CCDC, are exploring the potential to deploy unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, and unmanned ground vehicles, or UGV, to act as complementary swarm components.

Swarming is a method of operations where multiple autonomous systems act as a cohesive unit, actively coordinating their actions.

Once mobilized, the swarms would enable small units to quickly implement manned-unmanned teaming, or MUM-T, for a variety of mission types. Data would flow quickly from the swarm back to Soldiers, mounted or dismounted, who could then provide further instructions, if necessary, to the swarms.

“The Army is looking to swarming technology to be able to execute time-consuming or dangerous tasks. The Army wants robustness, flexibility and persistence, so we’re moving away from controlling through tele-operating and trending toward commanding,” said Osie David, a chief engineer in CCDC’s center for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance — or C5ISR.

Autonomous swarms are designed to complement, not replace, human capabilities as the robotics will assist Soldiers in their complex decision-making process on the battlefield, said David, who noted that the C5ISR Center is exploring the extent to which swarming robotics can support commanders and their staff during the execution of mission command.

Mission command is the Army’s philosophy of command and a warfighting function that promotes freedom and speed of action. It combines the centralized intent from the commander with the decentralized execution of subordinate commanders, who then decide how best to achieve the commander’s objectives.

In executing mission command, commanders must have a broad perspective, understanding and knowledge of activities throughout complex operational environments. Swarming technologies provide versatility for a ground force commander to accomplish different mission sets based on the reconnaissance requirements, said RJ Regars, a systems engineer in the C5ISR Center’s Command, Power and Integration Directorate, or CP&ID.

“Swarm technology, with a potential combination of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, is ideally suited for difficult-to-maneuver environments like cities, forests or caves. The swarms could move quickly and quietly while tracking specific targets in locations where a traditional Army formation cannot quickly maneuver while sending data to units several miles away,” Regars said. “The ability to continuously patrol an area or route and quickly convey that data back to the unit is extremely valuable.”

A key goal of the project will be how best to combine a Soldier’s cognitive skills with autonomous robotics systems.

To better define and conceptualize the best tactics and applications of future swarming capabilities for mission planning, technical experts from the center met with Soldiers and Marines at Fort Benning, Georgia, to gain insights from their operational expertise.

“The swarming technology provides versatility for how a ground force commander could employ UAS or UGV swarms to accomplish different mission sets based on the recon requirements,” said Capt. Michael McCarty, an Army Infantry officer. “It’s definitely a positive for me as a future commander.”

So far the feedback has centered on reducing cognitive overload by filtering and prioritizing data for actionable information and developing simple-to-use systems that would free up Soldiers to perform other warfighting functions.

“Swarming improves the ability to target specific locations with minimal collateral damage because we can identify our targets ahead of time. When we combine manned and unmanned systems, it’s a force multiplier that turns a platoon into a company,” said Capt. Troy Makulec, an Army Armor officer. “Whether it’s ground or aerial swarming, it improves the likelihood of survival for our Soldiers on the ground.”

By Dan Lafontaine, CCDC C5ISR Center Public Affairs