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The Commandant of the US Marine Corps observes SkyWall100 UAS net capture at NATO NNTEX-18C


SkyWall100 demonstrated physical capture capability, with low collateral damage, in several “drone threat” scenarios at the Marine Corps Base Quantico for the Non-Lethal Technology Exercise NNTEX-18C.

SkyWall100 successfully engaged several moving and static drone targets, demonstrating SkyWall’s ability to physically capture and neutralise a drone threat. The system defeated multiple drones including the large DJI S1000 octocopter, that was captured in a simulated live mission when it was armed with an inert payload.

 

The demonstrations were set to show existing deployed systems such as SkyWall, alongside emerging non-lethal capabilities in countering Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aerial System (LSS sUAS) threats.

Technologies demonstrated included Detection, Identification, Jamming and Physical defeat. The threat briefs and scenarios demonstrated the growing need for a physical interdiction.

When jamming systems were able to disrupt the drone, it would hover allowing SkyWall100 to easily capture the device, ensuring the perpetrator is denied the ability to re-engage the defensive force. This showed SkyWall100s ability to be used alongside other technologies to offer a layered defence.

A large number of military officers, analysts and observers from NATO nations around the world attended, gaining an appreciation of the complexities associated with drone threats and the challenges faced by the military when operating in a range of environments.

 

SkyWall300 Neutralises Fixed Wing Drones at Black Dart 2018


In the first ever physical capture of a fixed wing drone, the SkyWall300 low-collateral net-capture system was shown to be highly effective against a range of targets

 

The SkyWall300 counter-UAS system was independently evaluated by the US Government at the prestigious Black Dart 2018 event in Indiana over a two-week period in September 2018.  This unique net-capture system showed that it was able to reliably neutralise the threat from a range of rotary and fixed wing drone types flying different sorties.

The Black Dart event is run annually by the US Government to evaluate a wide range of counter-UAS technologies.  It allows technology providers to show how their systems can handle real world scenarios and is attended by delegates from a broad cross-section of government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defence.

SkyWall300 neutralises drones at range by launching a projectile which is timed to deploy in-front of the target and entangle it in a net.  The SkyWall300 launcher can be used with a range of projectiles including the SP40 net and parachute option which lowers the captured drone to the ground under a parachute, and the SP10 net-only option which has a larger net for increased effectiveness. SkyWall300 uses deep-learning neural networks to identify and track the target drone – the operator need only decide when to initiate the capture.

Not only was this the first time that SkyWall300 was shown at Black Dart, it also represented the first joint marketing of SkyWall technology by Liteye Systems Inc (the US distributor for SkyWall technology) and OpenWorks Engineering (the UK based OEM).  Liteye and OpenWorks have joined forces in the US to support military, law enforcement and security authorities with their counter-UAS missions.

“It is important for operatives on the front line of security and defense to have access to an integrated counter-UAS solution,” stated Chris Down, the Managing Director of OpenWorks.  “From the outset we designed SkyWall300 to be easily integrated with UAS detection technology and to complement other neutralisation methods so that users can have access to a flexible toolbox of solutions.”

Future upgrades for SkyWall300 include an auto-reload system as well as further testing to push the capability boundaries.

OpenWorks & Liteye Join Forces to Offer Low Collateral Damage C-UAS to the US Market


OpenWorks & Liteye Join Forces to Offer Low Collateral Damage C-UAS Physical Defeat to Liteye’s solutions

 

OpenWorks Engineering Ltd and Liteye Systems Inc., have formed an exclusive partnership to support military, law enforcement and security authorities with their counter-UAS missions; The two companies are joining forces to offer an integrated low-collateral-damage C-UAS defeat layer to Liteye’s already successful counter unmanned systems offerings. 

Liteye are specialists in the development and deployment of a range of counter-UAS products and systems. Having already deployed fully integrated detect, track and defeat systems with US military customers since 2016, Liteye is continually striving to enhance its system’s capabilities and work with its customers in support of their evolving missions.

“To be affective in the ongoing battle against unmanned systems the solution must be adaptive and able to include different layers of ability.” stated Kenneth Geyer, CEO of Liteye. “OpenWorks SkyWall 100 and 300 offerings provide us with yet another defeat capability in our offering, providing the end-users with options.” 

OpenWorks developed the world famous SkyWall net capture products, that have already been deployed operationally to protect heads of state, highly-sensitive sites and critical national Infrastructure around the world. SkyWall allows the operator to physically capture the UAS target in a net; a unique non-ECM UAS defeat capability. Teamed with Liteye’s solutions these systems can now be integrated into a larger defensive umbrella of radars, cameras, RF sensing, and electronic warfare capabilities.

This highly-capable team will support all existing SkyWall customers and offers new users access to SkyWall products directly from Liteye’s base in Colorado. The partnership forms as further SkyWall100 contracts are signed by US authorities and shows the teams commitment to support US-based users.

“Like SkyWall, Liteye’s solutions have been defending lives and critical infrastructure on the battlefield since 2016 and we are happy to join their team in North America.” James Cross, Director of Openworks stated. “We know our SkyWall products we assist them in that mission for years to come.”

SkyWall300 is the latest SkyWall system, that offers autonomous and remotely operated net capture. It will be demonstrated this week and in weeks to come at a number of high-profile military events such as BlackDart 18. The Skywall300 will be available for deployment in 2019.

 

About Liteye Systems, Inc. (www.Liteye.com)

Located on the front range of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, Liteye Systems, Inc. is a world leader in technology solutions manufacturing & integration of Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS), Drone Sense and Warn Systems, rugged high-resolution head mounted displays (HMD), augmented weapons sights, covert thermal surveillance systems, electronic warfare packages, radar systems, and fire control software. Our cutting-edge solutions feature revolutionary designs in optics, electronics, ergonomics, and form factors that enable a broad range of military and commercial applications. Our R&D team delivers sophisticated custom packages for some of the world's largest companies and government agencies. With offices in the UK and sales affiliates worldwide, Liteye is protecting critical infrastructure from real world threats.