Exalto Emirates adds anti drone system to its portfolio

Feb 15 2019

Martek Anti Drone Systems (MADS) has signed a strategic partnership in the Middle East with Exalto Emirates.

Exalto Emirates will be MADS exclusive distributor in the region providing drone detection and mitigation services for the marine industry.

Erik Van Wilsum, Head of CUAS, said “The growing trend for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) being used on ports, commercial shipping and superyachts is, as yet, not fully recognised by authorities. We are delighted to be working with Exalto Emirates in the UAE and support them as they stay on the leading edge of supplying technology to the marine industry.”

John Paul, General Manager of Exalto Emirates, added; “We’re really excited to add Martek’s anti drone system to our portfolio of products and provide our customers with a system that identifies and protects from this growing threat to maritime shipping.”

“The past few years have seen a massive uptake in the number of consumer-grade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with 22 mill expected worldwide by 2020. The result of this uptake, of course, has been drones appearing in unwanted airspaces, say above ports, marinas, anchorage or popular waterways,” he explained.

MADS automatically detects, identifies and tracks all drone(s) within its range, and it offers user-configurable and escalating alarms. It constantly scans two frequencies and detects protocols and frequency hopping.

The system also has a ‘defeat’ capability so if a real drone threat is established, the system enables a 500 m electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the facility. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control/video signal will be blocked, initiating a fail-safe mode and forcing it to land or return to its operator.


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