The British team that created the Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS), which is currently being tested by the Federal Aviation Administration at U.S. airports, has extended its partnership in North America with Liteye Systems Inc., based out of Centennial, Colo.
Liteye has been leading the AUDS sales drive in the U.S. and Canada since the beginning of 2015 as the exclusive integration and support partner for the region. Now, the partnership agreement has been extended to include local manufacturing, development and customization of the AUDS platform.
The AUDS counter-drone system was developed by a trio of British companies: Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems. Using electronic scanning radar, AUDS can detect a drone six miles away, track it using precision infrared and daylight cameras and specialist video tracking software, and disrupt the flight using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it. The process typically takes 8-15 seconds. Using AUDS, the operator can effectively take control of a drone and force a safe landing or send it back home.
Liteye will be responsible for manufacturing and supporting major components of AUDS, including the radar, turret, thermal camera system, inhibitor, and command and control system. Liteye will also be involved in designing and manufacturing platforms necessary to support a range of end-users within the North American market: e.g., the military and critical infrastructure providers such as airport operators and other government agencies.