RADA & Partners’ mobile drone defeat system demonstrated at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event Counter UAS Exercise lands a major prize.
Press Release: July 16, 2018 Netanya, Israel: RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. – a leader in the development, production and sale of tactical land radar for force and border protection – announced that RADA together with its partners, Ascent Vision and Sierra Nevada Corporation, won a $200,000 prize at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration, with its X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system.
RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) is the primary detection and tracking sensor of X-MADIS (the eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System), tailored for Counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) missions. Combined with other state of the art systems (Electro-Optical/Infrared and electronic warfare equipment), the system is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle. It can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS on the move or while in a stationary position, protecting airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.
X-MADIS excelled at every stage in the exercise, proving it could provide solutions for a broad range of threats. The award was presented late last month at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented, “We are very proud to be part of the industry team achieving this success for X-MADIS. The system is a derivate of a system deployed successfully with a Department of Defense customer. Therefore, it demonstrates that our technology is highly scalable, flexible and truly adaptable for multi-mission environments.”
The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events, also called Game of Drones, began in June 2017. More than 450 technological capabilities aimed to tackle sea, land, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications. ThunderDrone RPE III was the culmination of the events, and provided a venue for systems of various technologies to be tested in a true field environment.
The exercise was formally evaluated by a government assessment team. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into our warfighters’ hands.