SkyWall100 was put through its paces at the Urban 5th Generation Marine, Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held at Camp Pendleton, Southern California.
The handheld net capture system was operated by serving US Marines during operational exercises, simulating the urban battlefield. A series of drone threats were being used by the opposing force and SkyWall100 was used to defend airspace and ensure covert operations and freedom of movement was maintained.
SkyWall100 was deployed alongside electronic countermeasures to provide a layered defence, offering physical protection when drones penetrated the airspace. The system was operated so successfully, the opposing force started targeting the SkyWall100 operator; thanks to the mobile nature of the system SkyWall100 was able to stay operational throughout the exercise.
Marines gave immediate positive feedback on how easy the system was to operate. Many potential concepts of operations were discussed, including the deployment of SkyWall100 in strategic positions to help maintain the security of vulnerable points (VPs) once they have been accessed by expeditionary forces.
This event was completed over 6 days, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test & Evaluation.