Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) has been awarded a contract to deliver a full suite of counter drone vehicles to the US Air Force.
Worth around £19m ($23m), the unique capability, known as the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System or X-MADIS, was selected by the Air Force after 18 months of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums.
The mission of the X-MADIS is to detect, locate, track, identify and defeat small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft.
AVT says that this most recent contract award was the latest step in a three-year run for its expansion into Counter UAS (CUAS) operations and its dedicated research, development, testing and fielding of purpose-built CUAS components and integrated systems.
Lee Dingman, president and chief commercial officer for AVT, commented: “We are honored that the U.S. Air Force selected X-MADIS to combat the increasing threat of nefarious UAS activity against our military. The safety, security and survivability of our Airmen is paramount in the current UAS threat environment.”
The company’s CEO, Tim Sheehy, added: “With the growing threat of weaponized sUAS employed on the modern battlefield, the need for effective and reliable counter UAS technology is crucial. We are proud to have our technology ready to protect our Airmen from insidious sUAS attacks.”