UK technology firms Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems have successfully added new capabilities to the newly launched fully integrated anti-UAV defence system (AUDS).

The companies launched the world’s first anti-UAV defence system in May this year.

The new capabilities of AUDS include a quad band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor / jammer, an optical disruptor and rapid deployment features.

"Countering drones is now a global issue and an increasing concern for the military, government and homeland security forces across every continent."

Chess Dynamics managing director Graham Beall said: "Countering drones is now a global issue and an increasing concern for the military, government and homeland security forces across every continent.

"Our system has been developed to address this urgent operational requirement and has been successful in government sponsored counter-UAV trials, detecting and disrupting a variety of fixed and rotary wing drones in under 15 seconds."

The new system is designed to prevent the threat of malicious micro, mini and larger unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. It will be able to counter UAV operations both in remote border sites or urban areas, operating from fixed locations and from mobile platforms.

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Moreover, it will be capable of detecting a drone five miles away using electronic scanning radar. This will be achieved with the support of infrared and daylight cameras and specialist software.

The quad band inhibitor will allow the AUDS operator to disrupt the different licensed telemetry bands of commercial drones.

The new optical disruptor can be used for both pointing at a drone for identification purposes and disrupting the automatic gain control settings in the drone’s camera system.

In addition, the enhancements to the new system include a new positioner for the camera.