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DroneShield and Epirus integrate full C-UAS system

Sydney-based DroneShield and Los Angeles-based Epirus, Inc have completed integration of DroneShield’s multi-sensor DroneSentry system with Epirus’ Leonidas High-Power Microwave (HPM) counter-electronics/counter-UAS effector.

The integration of these two systems allows for a fully integrated C-UAS system that can track multiple threats and then engage with HPM countermeasures – essentially, directed energy – that will provide critical defensive capabilities for military and other customers.

“The combined system provides significantly expanded options for our US DoD, and in time, global customer base,” commented DroneShield CEO, Oleg Vornik. “Additionally, there are synergies on the business development front, which DroneShield and Epirus are already working on.”

DroneSentry incorporates RF, radar and electro-optic detection and tracking systems as well as a smart jamming UAS defeat module, powered by its cutting edge DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control system.

Epirus was awarded a US$66.1 million US Army contract earlier this year for the stand-alone Leonidas directed energy system which has the power and precision to neutralize a single threat in tight, crowded spaces or disable multiple threats across a wide area simultaneously. Epirus’ revolutionary approach to directed energy allows for unmatched counter-electronics effects, dramatically reduces the size and weight of the system and enables greater operator control and safety. Mounted on a gimbal to increase manoeuvrability, the system can be deployed as a fixed or mobile capability enabling wide-area rapid response.

“Epirus and DroneShield share common ethos of rapid pace, high tech innovation, to provide the warfighter with advanced technologies to protect against the rapidly rising threat of drones and other electronic threats,” said Epirus CEO, Ken Bedingfield. “We are pleased to continue deepening the engagement over time.”

In November 2022, Epirus made an investment of AUD$3.7 million (roughly US$2.5 million) into DroneShield as it looks to expand its international partner ecosystem.

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