Military Embedded Systems

Counter-UAS radar system contract won by Black Sage


November 19, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Black Sage photo.

BOISE, Idaho. The U.S. Air Force purchased a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) radar system from Black Sage to provide targeting data for the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) to defeat drones.

Black Sage claims in order to provide this targeting data the company has utilized its DefenseOS software to receive and process data from the C-UAS radars and export the data to the U.S. military's Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2). During an evaluation, the integrated C-UAS radar system, FAAD C2, and THOR weapon targeted and defeated drones.       

According to the Air Force, THOR is a counter-swarm electromagnetic weapon developed by AFRL for defense of airbases. The system is designed to provide non-kinetic defeat of multiple targets.

The system uses High Power Microwaves to cause a counter-electronic effect. Black Sage's DefenseOS open architecture command and control software aims to enable rapid integration of C-UAS sensors and effectors. 


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