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U.S. Air Force Counter-Drone System Completes Next Field Testing Phase

Published: 26 Nov 2019

Ascent Vision Technologies XMADIS counter-drone system

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) has announced that it has completed the latest phase of field testing of the company’s eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS) counter-drone system, following a contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force for multiple X-MADIS units. The contract was awarded to AVT after an extensive period of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums.

This latest testing phase, conducted at an undisclosed location, focused on optimizing the system for the Air Force’s selected platforms, while validating the performance characteristics of the X-MADIS for the Air Force’s programs, and providing critical information for documenting operational procedures.

X-MADIS detects, locates, tracks, identifies and defeats small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft. With the ability to operate from both static and moving platforms, the system is an ideal solution to help counter the growth of hostile drone attacks.

Lee Dingman, President at AVT, commented: “Our X-MADIS units are in service around the world protecting combat forces, civilians and critical infrastructure, as well as some of the world’s most influential leaders. We are honored that the U.S. Air Force selected the X-MADIS as their counter-UAS solution to effectively fight hostile threats and protect their service members in the field.

“AVT’s comprehensive training services focus on optimizing the X-MADIS for the mission at hand. We provide tailored training solutions for customers to help them make rapid and informed decisions when responding to sUAS threats.”

“With the growing threat of weaponized sUAS, the need for effective and reliable counter UAS technology has never been more crucial. Our technology is combat-proven and ready to provide unmatched protection for a range of missions.”

AVT has planned another phase of testing with the Air Force in the near future to further refine their specific mission parameters.

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