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Russian Industry Develops Counter Drone Solutions

Russian industry players are keen to capitalize on the lucrative anti-drone market, and two new counter drone systems have recently been developed by Rostec and Kaspersky.

Rostec’s radar station is designed to detect small drones at a distance up to 7.5 km. The equipment is built entirely on the domestic electronic component base and has no analogues in Russia.

The system includes a multi-channel Ka-band radar. The direction finder digital repeater is placed on a rotary device that provides visibility in all directions. The station can be controlled manually from a laptop or automatically.

“The dangers that drones can pose are becoming increasingly obvious. Small size drones are able to conduct surveillance, reconnaissance, carry explosives or other weapons and serve as a means of attack. Drones can act alone or as part of a “swarm of drones.” And it is not only about special drones manufactured in industrial conditions. It can be a toy copter from a children’s store or a home-made apparatus. Traditional radar methods do not provide reliable detection of unmanned flying vehicles with a small reflective surface,” said Rostec’s executive director Oleg Yevtushenko, who expects the new system to be in demand among both “special and civilian customers”.

The radar station recently completed field testing.

Meanwhile, Kaspersky’s Antidrone system uses a patented laser scanning technology for primary detection of civilian drones. It is also designed to work with video and audio sensors, as well as radar, if applicable.

A trainable neural network classifies drones by type and model. In many cases, the drone’s type and model dictate the choice of neutralization paradigm.

A specially designed system generates a narrow interference beam to break the drone’s connection with either a GPs satellite or the remote controller. Once the connection is broken, the drone will either return to base or slowly descend.

Antidrone is available as a stationary unit to protect locations such as airports, sports stadiums, and critical infrastructure, and also as a portable system designed to defend events and people such as a state visit or political summit.

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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