DOE offers to test counter-UAS solutions

DOE offers to test counter-drone solutions

The Department of Energy has joined the ranks of agencies looking for technologies to counter unmanned aerial systems.

In a recent solicitation, Sandia National Laboratories is seeking vendors to loan it cUAS systems for testing and evaluation, with a near-term objective of protecting physical sites against drones weighing between 0 and 55 pounds. 

The cUAS system should be capable of drone detection, target assignment, tracking and neutralization at a hypothetical site and be operational in rain, thunderstorms, wind speeds of 50 mph, snow, low visibility including fog and temperatures from -40 to 120 degrees F.  The system should also be capable of operating in a variety of terrains including residential, farmlands, forests, shrubs and rolling hills.   

A suitable system must be able to not only neutralize an incoming drone prior to breaching perimeter walls (excluding kinetic methods), but sense drones at a minimum range of 3.6 miles and take control once they cross the perimeter. 

Last year, the Bureau of Prisons similarly requested assistance from the private sector in developing a counter unmanned aerial system platform. 

Proposals are due by March 16, 2016.

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Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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