First Operational Use of IMI Systems' Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System in Thailand

The system was deployed to provide protection against aerial threats during the funeral ceremonies of the former King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej held last October

The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System (Photo: IMI Systems)

The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System of IMI Systems was operated for the first time by the Thai Air Force last October to protect the thousands of participants in the royal funeral ceremony of the former King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the company announced today. The funeral events were attended by members of the Thai royal family, official representatives from 42 countries around the world, and some 250,000 Thais. The system provided comprehensive protection against the infiltration of drones to the various funeral ceremonies held in the Bangkok's Royal historical district as well as the Don Mueang International Airport.

The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender was purchased by the Thai Air Force a week before the funeral, as part of the preparations for the ceremony. During the funeral events, two alerts were received by the system regarding attempts to activate drones. Both attempts were immediately neutralized using automatic blocking measures.

Following the successful protection of the funeral ceremonies, IMI Systems was invited to provide protection against drones at the "The Royal Thai NAVY International Fleet Review," held on November 18-21, 2017, in Pattaya, Thailand. The event, led by the Prime Minister of Thailand, was attended by delegations from 40 countries.

The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender system was designed to detect, disrupt and neutralize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) engaged in a potentially malicious activity or hostile airborne surveillance missions. The system combines an IAI/ELTA-made drone-detection radar with an advanced jamming system by MCTECH, which prevents drones from infiltrating into sensitive locations such as stadiums, airports, secured compounds, military bases, etc.

The comprehensive solution provided by Red Sky 2 includes detecting and identifying hostiles, automatic tracking, disrupting abilities, and locking and neutralizing threats, and is based on an advanced radar for detecting and neutralizing aerial objects at a range of 3 to 5 km, an advanced electro-optical thermal camera for investigating and identifying threats, and a multi-directional capability for locking on targets.