DHS seeks info on counter-drone tech

DHS seeks info on counter-drone tech

Given the growing threat commercial-off-the-shelf drones can pose, the Department of Homeland Security wants to get a handle on available technologies that can track and even defeat them.DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate’s System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders program posted a request for information for a market survey of counter unmanned aerial systems (cUAS) solutions. The information collected will allow SAVER to provide objective assessments and validation of commercially available equipment to help emergency response personnel, law enforcement officials and public safety providers make informed purchasing decisions.

These cUAS solutions are critical because of the dangers drones potentially pose.

UAS can be outfitted with explosive material, rendering them aerial improvised explosive devices, or loaded with other dangerous materials, such as the drone carrying traces of a radioactive material landed on the Japanese prime minister’s office roof.

In the domestic space, detecting and thwarting drones can be a challenge because these small devices can literally fly under the radar, as did the gyrocopter that landed on the U.S. Capitol grounds.  Neutralization tactics such as jamming and shooting are typically outlawed, as they are indiscriminate and can have effects on unintended targets -- especially in crowded urban settings. 

Responses are due July 24, 2016.

About the Author

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

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