EU Developing Next-Generation Counter-UAS Systems

The JEY-CUAS project involves companies and research centers from all over the continent and is evaluating a wide range of anti-drone technologies By Mike Ball / 03 Jun 2024
EU Developing Next-Generation Counter-UAS Systems
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Aerospace and defense technology developer Indra has confirmed that it is a key participant in a European project aiming to develop the next generation of anti-drone systems that will secure the continent’s defense and ensure the operational capacity of its armies.

The company is a member of the core group heading the JEY-CUAS project, which is led by Leonardo and has been fostered by the EU through the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP).

Companies and research centers from all over the continent have joined forces to set out the different technologies to be used by the future generation of anti-drone systems, which are evolving towards increasingly specialized solutions suited to the specific operating environment in which they will be used. This means that the most effective solutions will be those capable of integrating the largest number of detection and neutralization technologies.

Within the project, Indra has coordinated the participation of Spanish industry members and led the definition of the systems’ operational concepts, carrying out a high-level analysis of the problem, studying how to operate with the systems in each scenario and evaluating the types of users, the potential evolution of the technologies and the applicable methodologies, among other issues.

Indra has also led the development of key technologies such as jammers and passive radar, and studied the typology of any potential attacks. It has also assessed different kinds of soft-kill and hard-kill countermeasures, including laser energy, electromagnetic pulses and different types of kinetic neutralizers. Furthermore, it has analyzed several detection systems, including radars, acoustic systems, infrared and visible spectrum cameras and radio frequency sensors.

Finally, Indra has played a key role in integrating all these sensors and effectors, incorporating them into anti-drone command and control systems through a standard protocol and striving to guarantee their interoperability with other higher-level command and control systems. Moreover, new artificial intelligence modules have been set out and tested to increase the accuracy and efficiency of the future systems.

Indra has taken part in a recent demonstration in Italy in which some of the main capabilities of the future generation of antidrone systems were examined. Its implementation will be addressed in forthcoming projects to be fostered through the European Defence Fund. The demonstration, together with the preliminary design review to be carried out in the coming weeks, will bring the JEY-CUAS project to a close, thereby completing the first stage of the program’s global roadmap.

The ability to provide protection against drones is key to any army and State’s security forces. These devices have become effective low-cost weapons capable of attacking aircraft, ships and armored vehicles of enormous strategic value. They are also being used as loitering munition, which flies over an area awaiting potential targets.

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