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Next Generation of European Counter-Drone Systems

Indra CROW anti-drone system [© Indra]

Indra is one of the partners with largest participation within the European project that is developing the anti-drone systems of the future.


Press Release, Madrid, 22 May 2024: Indra, a global defence, aerospace and technology company, is one of the partners with largest participation within the European project that is developing the anti-drone systems of the future, a key technology for the continent’s defence and to ensure the operational capacity of its armies. The company is a member of the core group heading the Leonardo-led JEY-CUAS project, which has been fostered by the EU through the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP).

Companies and research centres from all over the continent have joined forces to set out the different technologies to be used by the future generation of anti-drone systems, which are evolving towards increasingly specialised solutions suited to the specific operating environment in which they will be used. This means that the most effective solutions will be those capable of integrating the largest number of detection and neutralisation technologies.

Within the project, Indra has coordinated the participation of Spanish industry and led the definition of the operational concept, carrying out a high-level analysis of the problem, studying how to operate with the systems in each scenario and evaluating the types of users, the potential evolution of the technologies and the applicable methodologies, among other issues.

It has also led the development of key technologies such as the jammer and passive radar and studied the typology of any potential attacks. It has also assessed different kinds of soft-kill and hard-kill countermeasures, including laser energy, electromagnetic pulses and different types of kinetic neutralisers. Furthermore, it has analysed several detection systems, including radars, acoustic systems, infrared and visible spectrum cameras and radio frequency sensors.

Finally, Indra has played a key role in integrating all these sensors and effectors, incorporating them into anti-drone command and control systems through a standard protocol and striving to guarantee their interoperability with other higher-level command and control systems. Moreover, new artificial intelligence modules have been set out and tested to increase the accuracy and efficiency of the future systems.

Indra has taken part in a recent demonstration in Italy in which some of the main capabilities of the future generation of anti-drone systems were examined. Its implementation will be addressed in forthcoming projects to be fostered through the European Defence Fund. The demonstration, together with the preliminary design review to be carried out in the coming weeks, will bring the JEY-CUAS project to a close, thereby completing the first stage of the program’s global roadmap.

The ability to provide protection against drones is key to any army and State’s security forces. These devices have become effective low-cost weapons capable of attacking aircraft, ships and armoured vehicles of enormous strategic value. They are also being used as loitering munition, which flies over an area awaiting potential targets.


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