MBDA has launched Sky Warden, the company’s new flagship counter-drone system. Sky Warden provides a full counter-UAS (unmanned aerial systems) kill chain from detection through to neutralisation, and is designed to operate both as an integrated component of a layered air defence architecture, or as a stand-alone system.
Modern drone threats are varied and constantly evolving, with no single sensor that can met the protection requirements. Sky Warden addresses this by using a networked eco-system of constantly evolving sensors and effectors, drawn from MBDA’s wide experience in air defence and effects management, to match the threat.
The modular and scaleable system can effectively and appropriately neutralise all classes of drone threat, from small Class 1 micro-UAVs to large tactical UAVs, as well as other traditional air threats. At its core is a command and control (C2) system that co-ordinates the eco-system of sensors, soft-kill effectors, and hard-kill effectors to defend armed forces units or sensitive sites across a large protection perimeter.
Sky Warden utilises operationally-proven building blocks within a modular open architecture that can be adapted to end-user requirements or to plug and play emerging and future novel sensing and effector technologies. MBDA C-UAS solutions have already been successfully demonstrated to customers.
Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, commented: “As Europe’s leading air defence provider, MBDA is uniquely able to offer customers a proven, flexible and integrated C-UAS system. One that is available today, and can evolve into the future. Sky Warden embodies MBDA’s deep knowledge of the engagement process, systems integration, of all categories of effectors and their next evolutions, and of effects management in the air defence domain.”