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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.

SKYWALL100 IS CUED TO TARGET BY GUARDION AND ROBIN RADAR – INTEGRATED USING THE NEW SKYLINK


SkyLink, the module that allows SkyWall100 to be integrated with end-to-end C-UAS systems, was successfully tested with the GUADION solution. ESG and Robin Radar provided the UAS detection, classification and tracking capability, utilising the ESG Taranis® command and control system and Robin radars ELVIRA®, a purpose-built UAS detection radar.

The SkyLink module allowed detection and command data to be sent to the mobile SkyWall100 launcher, while the location and status of the launcher was reported back to the command and control system. When the UAS threat was detected, an alarm was activated on the SkyWall100 system and the bearing of the target was immediately visible on the SkyLink unit. This allowed the operator to quickly prepare for an engagement before using the launcher’s built-in SmartScope that directed the operator to rapidly find the UAS in the sky using arrows displayed in the eye-piece.

SkyWall Protects the Berlin Air Show with GUARDION


SkyWall100 will be deployed to protect the Berlin Air Show from drone threats, ensuring security and safety can be enforced.

German policing authorities will be deploying SkyWall100 again at the Berlin Air Show, as part of a system called GUARDION, and thus alongside other technology from across Europe; radar systems will detect potential targets and electronic countermeasures will work with SkyWall to track and stop any confirmed threats.

All of the deployed technologies and products are linked together using a command and control system that was originally developed for the military: TARANIS® by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik- GmbH. Based near Munich in Germany, ESG has identified the most capable products that mitigate the drone threat and united them into a layered defence system to achieve a highly capable complete system, called “GUARDION”.

GUARDION, the Counter-UAS solution of ESG and its cooperation partners Rohde & Schwarz and Diehl Defence, as well as other GUARDION Selected Suppliers such as OpenWorks Engineering, is based on the mission-proven system used to secure major political events such as the G7 summit in Elmau in 2015, the state visit of President Obama in June 2016 and the G20 summit in Hamburg in 2017.

The GUARDION system allows drones to be detected, tracked and neutralised in a safe way. Allowing it to be deployed in built-up areas and public spaces. The SkyWall net capture systems ensure that drones can be quickly and safely neutralised when required.