The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded contracts to three industry teams to develop methods to counter small unmanned aircraft systems.
The contracts were awarded one year after the agency posted a request for information on potential systems that can help protect warfighters from sUAS threats.
“Each team will now work to integrate novel ideas for advanced sensors and neutralization approaches into a common framework emphasizing safety for civilian bystanders, ease of operation, and low size, weight, power, and cost,” said Jean-Charles Lede, a program manager at DARPA’s tactical technology office.
“Our goal is a technology demonstration system that could fit onto currently deployed tactical ground vehicles and maritime vessels,” Lede added.
The U.S. Army‘s Maneuver Aviation and Fires Integration Application architecture will serve as the common framework for the teams’ technology approaches and support the creation of a plug-and-play system that can accommodate future sensors and technologies.
DARPA aims to give military services and other government agencies the opportunity to fund field evaluations under MFP and develop a system that would address the needs of U.S. government and commercial users.
The agency expects to deploy a counter-sUAS platform within the next three to four years.