An unnamed government agency has signed a multi-million dollar contract for the Citadel Defense Counter Drone System Titan. Titan will protect government assets – including ships, vehicles, robotic platforms, and military bases – from drone threats.
Drone defense systems or small UAS counter systems (C-sUAS) are an important sector in the drone industry. As commercial drone applications become more widespread, so do fears about illegal off-the-shelf commercial drones. C-sUAS systems, which allow authorities to adequately protect sensitive areas, provide the safety net that regulators need to enable legitimate commercial drones to take off.
The Citadel Defense counter drone system is an “AI-powered high-frequency drone system on a high-frequency basis,” said a company press release. After participating in a competitive evaluation, “Titan was shown to be extremely effective in complex urban environments and was preferred by operators for its technical superiority in many unpredictable threat scenarios, including drone swarms.”
“As the only automated RF sensor solution on the market that uses AI and machine learning to detect, identify, track and safely defeat uncooperative drones, Titan is a force multiplier for the US armed forces and allied forces,” said Christopher Williams, CEO of Citadel Defense .
The Titan protects troops and valuable assets from unwanted drone activity and swarming when large and expensive multi-sensor systems cannot be deployed. In locations where integrated systems are installed, titanium serves as an RF defense layer and provides highly integrated drone solutions with an industry-leading low false alarm rate, targeted countermeasures and the highest level of threat coverage.
“AI, machine learning and adaptive countermeasures are required for the C-sUAS mission. New commercial UAS platforms have 100 controller settings that can be used to change a drone’s communications signature. Library-dependent and cyber-oriented systems just can’t keep up, ”explained Williams.
“Bad actors quickly adjust their strategy when they discover a security gap.” Williams says, “With hundreds of sensors in use now, Citadel is helping customers identify changing trends in drone activity on a global basis so they can stay ahead of the threat.”
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