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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Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 14, 2016 optionally given optionally state

No way. they desire a 3 mile detect range? Sense "and" eliminate. Not a chance without using a massive amount of drones always flying. This solicitation is unrealistic and not going to get all the options for that platform. They will settle for brother Murray's net gun for a whole lot of cash, time and finally a failure. Small drones are undetectable for most radar systems and sound detection systems give too many false targets. I recommend they train big birds to hunt drones for food rewards. most birds will last a few kills even with broke legs from the propellers.

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

You mean that Reagan's supreme Strategic Defense Initiative cannot stop a measly little North Korean nuclear bomb drone?

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