D-Fend Solutions' EnforceAir selected by the US DIU during ‘Counter Drone 2’

The US Defense Innovation Unit has chosen D-Fend’s EnforceAir system to use as a core solution in its counter-drone system. EnforceAir is an autonomous system that can identify hostile drones, take them over, and land them in a designated safe zone

D-Fend's EnforceAir system. Photo: D-Fend

D-Fend Solutions, an Israeli counter-drone solution provider, recently announced that the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) in the US Department of Defense (DoD) has selected EnforceAir c-UAS as the core Radio Frequency (RF) system for integration into its counter-drone system. EnforceAir was selected out of a field of 16 companies, who were being evaluated as potential suppliers of component technology during the Black Dart 2019 event. DIU further evaluated EnforceAir’s ability to integrate into a “system of systems” at a government test facility during a "counter drone" event this past November, with the lessons learned informing the Department’s approach to the integration of EnforceAir’s capabilities.

EnforceAir c-UAS is an advanced autonomous system that automatically and passively detects, locates and identifies rogue drones as well as mitigates risk by taking control of the drones and landing them safely at a predefined safe zone, applying a non-jamming & non-kinetic technology which does not require line-of-sight, making it ideal for all complex environments, whether urban or rural.

The EnforceAir was rapidly co-developed with the US Assistant Secretary of Defense Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) to support DoD, and shared with US law enforcement agencies. In 2019, EnforceAir was tested & deployed by more than 20 US DoD, DHS, and DOJ units and agencies. Among the agencies currently operating EnforceAir are the US Special Operations Forces, US Army, FBI, US Customs and Borders Patrol.

“EnforceAir has demonstrated top C-sUAS performance, due to D-Fend’s continuous upgrades and spiral development based on direct feedback from small tactical team operators deployed OCONUS & CONUS,” said Michael J. Trexler, ASD SOLIC CTTSO Tactical Ops Program Manager, “D-Fend increasingly plays a key role in our ongoing efforts to help keep our soldiers and country safe.”

Counter Drone test and evaluation events are designed to comprehensively assess c-UAS technologies, and to drive forward the DoD’s understanding of the complexity of designing, developing and fielding integrated systems of systems for the c-UAS problem set.

“Being selected as the best RF solution by the DoD is a remarkable achievement for [us]” said Zohar Halachmi, Chairman & CEO of D-Fend, “We are proud to be a unique and essential part of a mission-critical solution that protects US assets, troops and citizens.”

“D-Fend’s EnforceAir continues to demonstrate outstanding capabilities, surpassing all other c-UAS solutions.” said Greg Gudger, President & CEO of ELTA North America, the exclusive marketer of D-Fend Solutions in the US. “We are honored to officially represent D-Fend in the US and support the DOD’s efforts,” he added.

Founded in 2017 by Zohar Halachmi, Assaf Monsa and Yaniv Benbenisti, D-Fend Solutions is a provider of counter-drone solutions for urban environments in the most challenging scenarios. The company has recently secured $28M in funding, led by Claridge Israel with the participation of current shareholder Vertex Israel.

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the adoption of commercial technology and methodologies into the US military to strengthen our nation's security. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and the Pentagon, DIU connects Department of Defense customers with leading technology companies to prototype and transition commercial solutions into the field within 12 to 24 months.