DroneShield Integrates its DroneSentry with Epirus’ Leonidas C-UAS System
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
DroneShield Ltd and Epirus, Inc have successfully integrated DroneShield’s multi-sensor DroneSentry system with Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave (HPM) counter-electronics/counter-UAS effector. Together, these two systems enable a fully integrated C-UAS system capable of tracking multiple threats and engaging with high-powered microwave countermeasures, granting critical defensive capabilities to military, government and other customers.
DroneSentry leverages radio frequency, radar and electro-optic detection and tracking systems in addition to a smart jamming UAS defeat module, utilizing its innovative DroneSentry-C2 command-and-control system.
Epirus’ Leonidas counter-electronics system is capable of neutralizing a single threat in compact and congested areas, as well as disabling multiple threats at once across a wide area. The company’s groundbreaking approach to directed energy enables unrivaled counter-electronics effects, significantly reduces the system’s weight and size, and allows for increased operator control and safety. The system is mounted on a gimbal for greater maneuverability, and can be deployed as a fixed or mobile capability for wide-area rapid response.
Earlier this year, Epirus was awarded a $66 million US Government contract for the stand-alone Leonidas systems. Last November, it made an investment of A$3.7 million (roughly US$2.5 million) into DroneShield as it looks to expand its international partner ecosystem.
“The combined system provides significantly expanded options for our US DoD, and in time, global customer base,” said DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik. “Additionally, there are synergies on the business development front, which DroneShield and Epirus are already working on.”
“Epirus and DroneShield share a common ethos of rapid pace, high tech innovation, to provide the warfighter with advanced technologies to protect against the rapidly rising threat of drones and other electronic threats,” said Epirus CEO Ken Bedingfield. “We are pleased to continue deepening the engagement over time.”
This news follows a number of recent accomplishments by DroneShield, including two A$11 million orders from Government agencies of two separate countries in December and January, an initial UTM order in March, as well as a $2.2 million order and the release of the DroneGun Mk4 this past April.
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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