An MAT-V equipped with Leonardo DRS’ Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System, which was developed to disable or destroy enemy drones.

Leonardo DRS has received another $13 million to continue developing and testing a vehicle-mounted system that the U.S. Army hopes will protect soldiers from small drones, according to a July 31 Defense Department statement.

Leonardo was awarded a primary $16 million contract from the Army in July 2017 to formulate a counter-UAV capability dubbed the Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System, or MLIDS, with about deploying “numerous production systems in early summer 2018.”

At the annual Association with the U.S. Army conference in October, the company announced it had received a $42 million production contract for an undisclosed amount of MLIDS to match the Army’s requirement to defeat small, inexpensive unmanned systems such as quadcopters and fixed-wing aircraft that operate as airborne improvised explosive devices.

“Drones are becoming a more and more dangerous threat against our forward-deployed soldiers, and we are proud to aid this urgent requirement to protect them from potentially lethal small unmanned aerial vehicles,” Aaron Hankins, vp and general manager for DRS Land Systems, said in October 2017. “We work difficult to provide you with the best power to our soldiers as soon as possible.”

MLIDS can be a combination of various sensors and shooters mounted on two mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles, or M-ATV. One M-ATV carriers the electro-optical and infrared sensors; in cases like this DRS’ elevated mast-mounted Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment. This system is employed to cue and track potential targets, and also take part in electronic warfare by jamming signals managing the unmanned vehicle.

For another M-ATV, Leonardo has partnered with Moog to offer the Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform. Although the RIwP may be changed into over 100 configurations, with this system the turret is anticipated to fireplace a 30mm proximity round meant to defeat a little number of a few UAVs. But DRS also promises to integrate other kinetic weapons onto the platform, specifically a smaller UAV that can be deployed through the M-ATV to engage the enemy unit.

The RIwP was selected for your requirement within the Common Remotely Operated Weapon System, put together by Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace. CROWS has previously deployed around the Army’s Stryker vehicles and M1 Abrams main battle tank.

Work about the contract is currently likely to be complete by May 2019.

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