August 11, 2021
Robotican has announced a successful demonstration of an autonomous drone interception for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD).
The company recently unveiled its third generation of the Goshawk interceptor drone, developed to provide fully autonomous interception capabilities needed by C-UAS systems. The design of Goshawk allows it to capture hostile drones during any stage of their mission. A designated net enables the Goshawk to capture and carry the hostile drone; delivering it to a predefined area for safe disposal, without collateral damage.
In the demonstration, hostile drones were launched from a remote location to penetrate a no-fly zone protected by the Goshawk. After an initial target detection, the Goshawk was automatically launched on its mission, operating autonomously from launch to landing. Various scenarios and profiles were enacted during the demonstration, such as a complex target chase and a challenging head-on engagement, in which the Goshawk and target drone flew directly towards each other, Robotican said. All targets were successfully intercepted with the catch, carry, and disposal performed to demonstrate the benefit of retrieving hostile drones. Target drones used were of varying sizes and models, representing the operational need, the company added.
“We are very proud of our achievement,” said Hagai Balshai, CEO of Robotican. “Our challenge was to develop an autonomous drone interceptor that causes no collateral damage, which we believe is key for an efficient 24/7 C-UAS system. This successful demonstration gives us confidence in our solution, and in the journey, we have begun with this amazing technology.”
For more details on Robotican and the Goshawk, visit its website here.