Israeli company MCTECH RF Technologies, in collaboration with MD Systems, deployed counter-drone systems to protect the Jova Beach Party – a live concert by Italian artist Jovanotti which was held earlier this month in the town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy and attended by more than 50,000 people.
The deployment was carried out with the approval and cooperation of the Italian Police, the Carabinieri, the Customs Police, the Port Authority, Search and Rescue Forces, and the Navy.
The system deployed at the event was the MC-Horizon D360, a tactical anti-drone system that monitors the environment using COMMINT sensors to alert of drones approaching the protected airspace. After detecting the threat, the system can neutralize it and land it safely outside the protected perimeter.
According to the company, their system is the only one of its kind that has been approved by Italian security authorities to operate during large-scale public appearances and live performances.
The company confirmed that six different drones attempted to infiltrate the restricted airspace during the event, but were all intercepted and neutralized by the MC-Horizon D360.
Erez Shachar, Vice President of Business Development at MCTECH, said that this was the first time that a permit has been granted for the use of anti-drone systems in European public events.