Military Embedded Systems

Ruggedized drone detection in development for U.S. Air Force


June 19, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

HOLMDEL, N.J. AeroDefense, provider of drone detection technology that detects and locates drones and pilots simultaneously, announced plans to develop a rapidly deployable and ruggedized drone detection system with the U.S. Air Force.

AeroDefense contracted with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s 621st Contingency Response Squadron (CRS) and 87th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) through a Small Business Innovation Research grant sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

AeroDefense’s existing drone detection technology, AirWarden, received a Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act award that specifies the product can be operated without legal authorization. The announced technology adaptation aims to add mobility in the forms of vehicle-mounted and portable, rapid deploy drone detection sensors.

Air Force and other Department of Defense customers who utilize drone jamming recognize the need for drone detection and alerts so the defender knows to ready the gun and look up.