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NATO Selects Fortem Counter Drone System for Testing

NATO will test Fortem Technologies’ SkyDome® Network artificial intelligence platform. SkyDome fuses Fortem’s drone detection, classification and ThreatAware platform, and its autonomous drone interceptor – DroneHunter.™ The NATO program, titled “Comparative Analysis of Lethal, Low Collateral Damage Effectors Against Low, Small and Slow UAV,” seeks to evaluate mitigation solutions for the emerging threat of small, dangerous UAV and is focused on the engagement part of the kill chain.

“The NATO Defence Against Terrorism Program of Work is actively examining technologies that generate a lower collateral damage and that are mature and fully able to perform in realistic, threatening scenarios,” said Alexandre Papy, Dr, Ir NATO DAT C-UAV Chairman. “Fortem Technologies has developed a compelling interceptor, the DroneHunter, and we are interested in evaluating its ability to function autonomously to capture and remove dangerous UAV without causing collateral damage.”

The following nations are actively supporting the project: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (vice-chair), United States and The Netherlands. The industry selection meeting will be held at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium, December 17 and 18.

The SkyDome Network comprises TrueView™ radar, and an adaptable AI platform that fuses TrueView radar and other sensor outputs to autonomously monitor any environment in 3D. By detecting and assessing airborne threats, SkyDome Network anticipates vulnerabilities and can alert personnel, cue defensive measures or launch DroneHunter to autonomously neutralize dangerous or malicious drones. SkyDome Network is capable of integrating with existing security systems.

NATO is developing new technologies and capabilities to protect troops and civilians against terrorist attacks. The aim of the Alliance’s Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW) is to prevent non-conventional attacks, such as suicide attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and mitigate other challenges, such as attacks on critical infrastructure.

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