The US Department of Defense announced an agreement worth about $425.8 million with SRC Inc. for development, production, deployment and support of the Expeditionary-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (E-LIDS). According to a press release issued by the department, the estimated completion date is July 26, 2025.
The E-LIDS is a mobile counter-drone system designed to protect troops against enemy-armed and intelligence gathering small unmanned aerial systems operating at various speeds and altitudes.
No details on the system were disclosed, except that the new system will detect, track, identifies and defeats hostile small drones. The E-LIDS technology comprises proven, radar and electronic warfare systems, a camera for visual identification of targets and a user display to provide the warfighter with advanced situational awareness. Once a UAS has been identified as hostile, the operator has the option of engaging with various low-cost, low-risk electronic warfare effects, like interrupting UAS communication links, causing the craft to return to its base station or perform an emergency landing.