Every Soldier a Drone Fighter!

Every Soldier a Drone Fighter!

When the Department of Defense (DOD) stands up a complete workplace to fight an issue, they imply enterprise. Take counter-unmanned plane programs (CUAS), for instance. The Department just lately shaped an Army-led Joint Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) UAS Office (JCO) and printed a sCUAS Strategy (see IUS current DOD replace here).

SKYLORD GRIFFON makes use of a metallic web to entangle the rotors of drone adversaries. Credit: XTEND

Viable CUAS programs play a big function in detecting, figuring out, deterring and defeating the quickly evolving sUAS menace to U.S. forces at dwelling and overseas. This April, the JCO, the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) and the U.S. Air Force held the primary collaborative CUAS tech demonstration at Yuma’s Proving Ground. The demo targeted on Group 1, the smallest and arguably probably the most troublesome class of UAS to counter. Three corporations, Aurora Flight Sciences, ELTA North America, and XTEND participated with their CUAS programs. Of these, XTEND’S SKYLORD GRIFFON, a human-guided autonomous aerial protection platform, stood out by reportedly intercepting extra drones within the demo than each of its opponents mixed.

To those that have been monitoring the CUAS discipline, the worth proposition of XTEND’s system ought to come as no shock. In addition to eradicating sUAS threats at airports globally, greater than 150 programs have been efficiently defending elite U.S. Special Operations forces throughout battlefields worldwide.

According to XTEND CEO Aviv Shapira, “The system leverages state-of-the-art AR know-how and allows operators to immerse themselves in distant, high-risk, GPS- denied places, avoiding hazard. In addition to counter-drone interception, the SKYLORD drone programs are additionally optimum for ground-based air protection (GBAD), city warfare, counter improvised explosive machine initiatives (C-IED) and subterranean (Sub-T) operations.”


Here’s the way it works. A soldier straps on AR googles and, utilizing a single hand/pure hand gestures-based controller, launches an autonomous drone to hunt, examine, observe or “kill” a drone menace, for mounted or dismounted missions  (See the SKYLORD in motion here.).

The SKYLORD GRIFFON, XTEND says, incorporates parts that differ from many different CUAS programs:

  • SMART exhausting kill capabilities—autonomous C2 mixed with a human-in-the-loop operator permit the drone to lock and cargo the goal and allow the soldier to find out whether or not to analyze, hint and/or kill it.
  • SWaP—small measurement, low weight and excessive energy make it man transportable, with a kill vary of ±3 miles; most hand-held options solely have a variety of 300-500 ft.
  • Kill effectivity—price per kill is an order of magnitude decrease than opponents as a consequence of low-cost design and excessive system sturdiness.
  • Minimal spin up—it takes solely three days of coaching, together with for these with zero flight expertise, for troopers to be in control, intercepting dynamic transferring targets from the sky.

“The system is man transportable, light-weight and cheap,” stated Ido Baron, vp of enterprise growth and gross sales for XTEND. “Each drone is sort of a bullet in {a magazine}.”

The SKYLORD GRIFFON permits each soldier to be a drone fighter. It gives a essential software for particular person, unit and collective self-defense. It additionally helps the DOD with different battlefield functions, equivalent to indoor drones for close-quarters battle and counter-IED drones. Ultimately, it saves lives.