Making Your Skies Safe - Stopping Dangerous Drones

As evening fell over the military base, air defence forces detected several Unidentified Air Vehicles approaching. Their flight patterns were irregular, and their speed and size indicated that they were not planes but drones. Fearing an attack, they launched anti-aircraft missiles and shot them down, avoiding disaster.

But what if there had been swarms of hundreds of UAVs, and of a size making detection and countermeasures impossible?

This is the growing dilemma of armed forces and civilian authorities around the world, with attacks on military bases and civilian installations growing. And this is only the beginning. Drones are cheap, versatile, and readily available. In the wrong hands they are deadly.
Legislation to control them is hardly keeping up and is not effective against nefarious users such as terrorists or enemy forces. A technological solution is needed.
To effectively control aerial intruders everywhere you need a comprehensive approach. Thales has the solution to detect, track and identify small drones at long distances, giving our customers, both military and civilian, the information to take countermeasures at the decisive moment.
Pierre Fossier, Vice President of Thales Land and Air Systems

Hologarde, Thales’ UAV defence system, uses holographic radar to provide 3D identification and tracking of drones up to five kilometres away, radio frequency detection to monitor their communications, and long-range infrared cameras to identify them, all managed by a customizable command centre. Threats can be rapidly identified, analysed, and neutralised according to customers’ needs and capabilities.
 
This article is part of a series of articles published for the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, 11-15th June 2018.