Three companies, one American one and two Israeli ones, are participating this week in a large demonstration of capabilities of unmanned aircraft, drones against drones, intended to destroy drones while causing minimal damage to the surroundings. The demonstration is being held at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona in the presence of representatives of the branches of the U.S. military.
The Defense News website reported that unmanned aircraft of Aurora Flight Sciences, owned by Boeing, as well as those of ELTA North America (a subsidiary of IAI/ELTA), and of Israeli startup Xtend were presented at the demonstration. From now on, the demonstration will be held twice a year so that the U.S. military will be able to choose its desired solution for systems that can be made operational in the field.
Boeing's Aurora Flight presented its unmanned quadcopter MIDAS that is equipped with an air gun. When the quadcopter gets close to the threat, it fires a round at the rotor blades of the drone and destroys it. ELTA North America presented its Drone Kill Drone (DKD) that flies at high speed toward the threat and crashes into it, so the two drones crash to the ground.
The third drone presented this week was the Skyline Griffon of Israeli startup Xtend. The unmanned aircraft positions itself over the threat and strikes it with a special net, and after the interception the drone can continue on to another mission. The U.S. Air Force, whose representatives took part in the demonstration, intends to release a request for information on the type of unmanned aircraft seen this week at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.