Israel: Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has recently unveiled a system that detects, tracks, and disrupts unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Known as the Drone Dome, the system was unveiled at the LAAD security conference in Brazil. Rafael described it as an "end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile drones (micro- and nano- UAVs) used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities."
The system uses a combination of a RADA RPS-42 tactical air-surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors to detect UAVs through 360 degrees. Once a target has been detected, it begins to track and classify it.
"The data is combined and correlated and alerts the operator of the hostile UAV. The system initiates either automatic interference operation, as per pre-defined rules in the C4I engine, or manual operation by the operator," Rafael said.
The system can disrupt UAVs by jamming global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and radio frequency (RF) signals. The system is designed to cause "minimal collateral interruptions to the surrounding urban environment, with maximum safety to friendly aircraft," according to Rafael.
"When the threat reaches the neutralisation area, the hostile drone is neutralised by the activation of directional GNSS and the RF Inhibitor/Jammer system," the company added.