Pierce Aerospace has participated in the first C-UAS engagement that confirmed positive ID of UAS with a Remote ID system.
The company’s Flight Portal ID (FPID), compliant with the ASTM F38 Workgroup “UAS Remote ID and Tracking” standard, delivered Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) information to Counter-UAS (C-UAS) operators.
This resulted in the successful execution of an engagement against “hostile” UAS at the US Army Futures Command Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment (MFIX).
The demonstration involved Northrop Grumman’s Sophisticated Counter Unmanned Systems Weapon Radio Frequency (SCUWR) C-UAS system of systems, consisting of a Liteye’s Anti-UAV Defeat System “AUDS” and SCUWR’s 30mm X 113mm Chain Gun mounted on a US Army Stryker armoured vehicle.
FPID was used to identify friendly aircraft during the engagement.
Commenting on the exercise, Aaron Pierce, CEO, said, “This was the first time getting kinetic with FPID and the results were desirable. I had eyes on the operation from the pilots’ location watching multiple UAS fly down range from the Stryker’s position. I was enthused when the system engaged the hostile UAS with a high explosive round fired from the Chain Gun, leaving our friendly, FPID equipped UAS, to continue operating in an airspace that was no longer contested.”
Adding: “The data from this operational demonstration with a deployed and proven C-UAS system, and other demonstrations recently conducted with the US Army, is instrumental for the continued development of FPID to serve both commercial and defense markets.”