Russia Debutes New Countermeasure Complex for Use Against Drones

  • Drones are capable of attacks on the civilians and infrastructure.
  • Russia's new system Rubez-Avtomatica is an intelligent control system that can detect and neutralize drones without human intervention.
  • US company Raytheon just delivered their system last month to the US Air Force.

Rostec showcased their new countermeasure complex for unmanned aerial vehicles– “Rubez-Avtomatka” prototype (translation: Frontier-Automation)– at the 2019 Dubai Airshow this week. The airshow is a biennial show held in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airshow started in 1986. Rostec is a State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product. It is a Russian state-owned holding conglomerate headquartered in Moscow that specializes in consolidating strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries.

Another advantage of the Rubez-Avtomatica is an intelligent control system that can detect and neutralize drones without human intervention. According to the Rostec spokesperson, “They are based on unique algorithms that, provided the complexes are adapted to the features of the facilities, do not interfere with the operation of the surrounding communication and navigation equipment. Therefore they can be used safely at airports, in urban environments, at high-tech industrial facilities.”

The system can be used in open spaces as well as in urban settings. It can also be assembled on the roofs of buildings and in tight areas. The system can be easily assembled within 5 minutes of transport. The complex includes radar and optoelectronic detection, electronic reconnaissance and adaptive electronic suppression. The system can perform work in both manual and automatic modes.

Optoelectronics is an application of electronic devices and systems that source, detect and control light, usually considered a sub-field of Photonics. In this context, light often includes invisible forms of radiation, such as gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared, in addition to visible light.

Currently, Raytheon has a combined laser and microwave counter-UAS systems. Their high-energy laser weapon system (HEL WS) can take down 40 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) targets.

Thus far, the new US Air Force weapon is the pew-pew of high-energy lasers to a vehicle. Raytheon delivered the first high-energy laser weapon system (HELWS) for the purpose of countering unmanned aerial systems last month.

Drones are a very serious threat and it is a global level concern for the defense sector. Especially after Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for attacks against two Saudi oil facilities in September using drones.

From a security prospective, drones can be used to target attacks against civilians and infrastructure, hence the need for the new technology.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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