Spotlight: Falcon Shield Counter-UAV System
The rapid proliferation of micro/mini UAVs, also known as drones, is recognised globally as a growing potential threat to national and commercial security. Easy to make, cheap to buy, simple to fly and hard to detect, commercially available drones are one of the most quickly evolving technological threats to both military and civilian environments. In response to this threat, Finmeccanica – Selex ES has introduced Falcon Shield, which can provide users with a rapidly deployable, scalable and modular system to detect, disrupt, deny and defeat the potential threat.
Falcon Shield provides users with a multi-spectral sensing capability and, uniquely through the integration of an electronic attack capability, a multi-layered threat response. Falcon Shield is derived from Selex ES’s heritage associated with the provision of short-range defence solutions against a variety of airborne threats.
Falcon Shield exploits Selex ES’s high-performance, passive Electronic Surveillance and Electro-Optical sensors, combined with scenario-specific radar to provide a fully integrated threat detection, identification and tracking capability that is able to operate in environments ranging from wide area through to high-clutter, ‘urban canyons’.
Incorporated within the Falcon Shield system is Selex ES’s unique Electronic Attack capability that provides users with the ability to take control and effect an RF management disruption, denial or defeat of the threat. Consequently, the potential for undesired collateral effects is greatly minimized. The inherent flexibility of the Falcon Shield system design means this electronic attack capability can be complemented by the integration of additional, optional kinetic effectors.
Ease of use, resulting in low user fatigue and reduced user training needs, is provided through use of the Selex ES Vantage Command, Control & Situation Awareness (C2SA) framework. This delivers an intuitive user interface and automated threat detection & tracking functions, including automated handover between detection and identification sensors.
The flexibility of the Vantage C2SA framework also enables the Falcon Shield system to be readily tailored and interfaced with existing customer-specific security solutions, as well as the customer’s security infrastructure.
The Falcon Shield system includes, but is not limited to:
- NERIO-LR is a Long Range, modular Electro-Optical (EO) Surveillance, Threat Acquisition (STA) and Reconnaissance system designed to satisfy a broad range of static and mobile customer requirements. NERIO-LR integrates the Selex ES high-performance Hawk Thermal Imaging camera as part of a fully flexible payload configuration, together with a gyro-stabilized director mechanism that enables capability, cost and performance to be optimized according to specific customer needs.
- NERIO-ULR is an Ultra-Long Range, modular EO STA and Reconnaissance system designed to satisfy a broad range of static and nomadic customer requirements. NERIO-ULR integrates the Selex ES very high-performance Horizon HD Thermal Imaging camera as part of a fully flexible payload configuration, together with a gyro-stabilized director mechanism that enables capability, cost and performance to be optimized according to specific customer needs.
- Observer 100 is part of a family of rapidly deployable, self-sustaining and networked surveillance deployment platforms to provide users with a flexible platform for operational delivery of an elevated surveillance and security capability.
- Horizon HD is a High-Definition, high sensitivity Medium Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) Thermal Imaging camera that employs Selex ES’s patented, cooled focal plane array technology to affordably meet customers’ very high-performance surveillance and identification requirements.