COPENHAGEN, Aug. 22, 2017 – Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadrotor will be paired with the MyDefence Communication KNOX counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) system under a new development agreement between the companies.
"KNOX technology will enable Indago users to identify unmanned aerial system pilots who are operating their systems illegally," said MyDefence Communication CEO Christian Steinø
Collaborative development will take place at MyDefence in Denmark. The project is part of an industrial cooperation program in Denmark with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.
Project goals include pairing the Indago with the KNOX system to achieve rapid response aerial surveillance capabilities. This unique solution will allow users to quickly and effectively detect adversaries and record evidence that could be used for prosecution.
"MyDefence Communication is an R&D company. One of our research areas cover combating the malicious use of drones in the public domain. Over the past year, we have noticed a growing need among our customers not only to detect and neutralize a drone, but also to find and prosecute the drone pilot. We look forward to this cooperation and are very pleased that a large company like Lockheed Martin can see opportunities in working with a smaller Danish company," said Steinø.
TheKNOX system is an anti-drone alarm and protection capability paired with Indago to gather real-time information about a suspect drone and its pilot. As designed, the KNOX alarm sounds when an unknown drone is detected in the area of interest. A target search area will then be provided to the Indago ground station and the Indago can then be deployed to locate the unknown drone operator, and provide real-time imagery of a potential subject which can be provided to law enforcement for apprehension. Additionally, KNOX is able to detect and identify drones and protect the area by disturbing the device communication at the precise wireless frequency of the drone without interfering with other mobile signals.
The pairing of the KNOX and Indago systems would be especially useful to secure areas such as critical infrastructure, prisons and private property.
"Bringing this capability to Indago will add another tool for the system’s users who rely on the Indago for high-quality imaging, easy, all-weather operation and long endurance,” said Richard Bonnett, general manager, Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies. “Indago users worldwide could benefit from this enhancement".
For more information about the Lockheed Martin Indago, visit http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/procerus/indago-uas.html.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
MyDefence was initially formed in 2009 as a business entity of the Swedish R&D Defence Company Mykonsult AB. In 2010 MyDefence was separated from Mykonsult and moved to Denmark.
MyDefence is an entrepreneurial company based on the experience gained by the entrepreneurs insight in military operations and advanced radio technology. We are military officers with engineering or operational background.
The driving force behind the company has been a strong desire to develop revolutionary new technology aiming at protecting infantry soldiers against Improvised Explosive Devises (IED). During the initial phases of our research we understood that not only can we revolutionize the common approach to counter IEDs but also make a substantial impact on robust wireless communication in mission critical equipment.
At MyDefence we understand the terms Interoperability and mission critical. Around these notions we work our projects and products in order to accommodate the military needs for flexibility and operability.
We challenge ourselves with problems so tough that they at first seem impossible to solve. We think that is the approach to stay genius and leap forward.
The market for robust radio technology is huge and at MyDefence we are determined to make our contribution to overcome your challenges.