FAA UAS Detection and Mitigation Analysis

D-Fend Solutions’ EnforceAir Selected for FAA’s Airport UAS Detection and Mitigation Research Program

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

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Counter-drone detection and takeover technology leader D-Fend Solutions has been chosen to take part in the FAA’s Airport UAS Detection and Mitigation Research Program, under Section 383 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The company’s EnforceAir C-UAS system will go through initial testing at Atlantic City International Airport (KACY), with potential additional tests to occur at other airports.

EnforceAir is the program’s first first RF-cyber based advanced protocol full takeover UAS detection and mitigation system, and is designed to optimize threat detection and mitigation in airports through a counter-drone approach enabling nearby authorized drones to continue operations without affecting navigation or communications systems, damaging infrastructure, or burdening personnel. The system grants 360 degree and long-range directional protection and coverage, safeguarding airport facilities and takeoff and landing airspace corridors.

“EnforceAir’s engagement in this mission-critical FAA program aligns perfectly with our core mission of leading in providing the most advanced technology to overcome rogue drone threats in the most sensitive environments and airspace, most notably airports, in a controlled manner that enables safe and uninterrupted operations”, said D-Fend Solutions Chairman and CEO Zohar Halachmi. “We are gratified to be selected for this prestigious and selective program, and we commend the FAA for prioritizing requirements for the safest forms of non-disruptive mitigation technology that allow for airport operational continuity.”

D-Fend’s participation in this FAA program is a continuation of the company’s collaboration with multiple US federal agencies across DoD, DHS, and DoJ, as well as its recent recommendation by the DoD’s Joint Counter Small Unmanned Systems Office (JCO).

The Airport UAS Detection and Mitigation Research Program allows the FAA to collaborate with leading federal departments and agencies to guarantee the creation of systems designed to detect and/or mitigate potential drone threats and ensure they do not interfere with safe airport operations.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.


Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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