British Company MARSS and Thales to collaborate for protection of infrastructures against UAS

According to information released on December 16, 2021, British company MARSS is pleased to announce a collaboration with Thales for the delivery of system solutions to provide protection of critical infrastructures against multiple threats.
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NiDAR is an advanced long-range surveillance system designed to protect maritime and land-based critical infrastructure from air, surface and underwater approaches. (Picture source MARSS)

This collaboration will focus on the integration of the MARSS’ NiDAR C2 security platform and Thales’ leading drone neutralization systems. The partnership will focus on taking proven and scalable smart systems and deploying them to face current and new threats in accordance with laws and regulations. The Thales-MARSS’ platform aims at providing an enhanced understanding of UAS situational awareness and safely defeat threats, including emerging one’s.

Phil McBride Managing Director Integrated Airspace Protection Systems at Thales in the UK states, said “Customers needed to augment their C2 security systems with C-UAS neutralization means, to combat a vast variety of threats over their facilities. Collaborating with MARSS gives Thales a further opportunity to deploy C-UAS neutralization solutions, over a wider range of infrastructure protection missions”.

Rob Balloch, MARSS VP Sales stated, “The neutralization phase in C-UAS is a critical step. NiDAR finds and verifies the threat. We wanted an equally credible solution to help defeat this threat. Therefore, it was important we worked with an established partner with years of experience in the provision of Air Defence Systems and effectors. This Thales-MARSS partnership creates a formidable force for security missions including C-UAS, not only for today, but the future of this capability.”

Deployment of operational systems are due to commence within the next few months. The relationship between both parties will help to further develop UK Defence industry and its export potential.

MARSS, NiDAR system has been designed to secure and protect a critical national infrastructure (CNI) site in the form of a major dam facility. It is an advanced long-range surveillance system designed to protect maritime and land-based critical infrastructure from air, surface and underwater approaches.

NiDAR is sensor agnostic, enabling it to integrate with any existing hardware or systems, and due to its modular design, not only does it meet the current contract needs, but it also offers the flexibility to meet any future expansions or requirements. 

NiDAR can track, monitor, detect, classify, and respond to multiple objects, 360° in real time, of over 1000 known and unknown, air, surface and underwater objects thanks to the software algorithms. It can intelligently analyse and rank unknown objects to determine potential threat levels and automatically trigger the appropriate alert. When the user determined warning and alarm zones are breached the system can automatically or manual deploy integrated countermeasures to deter potential approaches and de-escalate threats.

The intuitive C2 interface provides an enhanced awareness picture, in real-time, through a touchscreen user interface and multi touch control.

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