Sensofusion to Further Develop Counter-UAS Mobile Platform for U.S. Marine Corps

By Mike Ball / 27 Apr 2017
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SensoFusion Airfence systemSensofusion has announced that the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), has awarded the company a contract to further develop and leverage its AIRFENCE Mobile capability.

Sensofusion’s AIRFENCE Mobile system is hardware/software ready for protecting VIPs and mobile convoys from the threat of weaponized commercial drones by detecting and defeating them using their proprietary RF technology. Sensofusion recently unveiled its newest countermeasure system, AIRFENCE 4.0, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. AIRFENCE’s external detection capabilities empower the hardware to collect evidence immediately and transmit to learning platforms, which allows for future detection of rogue UASs.

Sensofusion’s technology is now being integrated as the core of MCWL’s Mobile Counter-UAS system, enabling the Marines to experiment with this emerging capability and develop new tactics, techniques and procedures.

“Given the proliferation of commercially-available UAS and the increasingly dangerous threat they pose, a force protection capability like that provided by AIRFENCE will be an essential part of any integrated air defense system for the foreseeable future,” says Major J.B. Persons of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. “We are eager to get this capability into experimentation and transition it to the operating forces as quickly as possible.”

AIRFENCE Mobile is already being used in urban environments, specifically by law enforcement and government VIPs, including presidents and prime ministers of foreign governments.

Sensofusion plans to bring its technology to other U.S. military branches including Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as with the Department of Homeland Security.

“AIRFENCE Mobile is a good fit to protect American dignitaries, including high ranking U.S. officials such as our nation’s President and his cabinet,” said Kaveh H. Mahdavi, Sensofusion VP of Operations. “AIRFENCE is currently protecting some of the highest-ranking government officials in the world. With the recent advancements in AIRFENCE, we have taken a leap forward from the rest and it is our intent to position AIRFENCE as the go-to hardware/software of choice for protecting U.S. troops, government officials, and civilians.”

AIRFENCE is currently being used by international airports in Europe, as well as military bases, high profile government buildings and government VIP events. AIRFENCE is also used in securing prisons from individuals who want to smuggle contraband. AIRFENCE mobile is being deployed for various police and military applications. AIRFENCE is now expanding to other critical infrastructure including nuclear power plants, waste and water treatment centers, and energy-producing facilities such as electrical substations and solar farms.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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