SITDEF 2019: Rafael from Israel promotes Drone Dome counter UAS system
Israeli Company Rafael promotes its Drone Dome at SITDEF 2019, the International Exhibition of Technology for Defense and Prevention of Natural Disasters. Drone Dome is a counter unmanned air system (C-UAS) anti-aircraft system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Rafael Drone Dome at SITDEF 2019, defense exhibition in Lima, Peru. May 18, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The Drone Dome has been used by British and US Special Forces during their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Drone Dome was also used by London’s Gatwick Airport after mysterious unmanned aerial vehicles caused 36 hours of paralysis of the British International Airport.
The Drone Dome is described by the Israeli Company Rafael as an “end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile drones used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities”.
The systems are designed to detect all types of UAV, including micro and mini systems, jamming their control links. The all-weather Drone Dome has 360° circular coverage and uses an electro-optical/infrared sensor and radar to detect a threat. The data is then combined and correlated and alerts the operator of the hostile UAV.
Detection is provided by a combination of a RADA Innovative Defense Electronics RPS-42 pMHR S-band multi-mission 90° hemispheric radar (four radars to give full 360° coverage), the Controp MEOS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance suite, and the NetSense Wideband detection sensor developed by Netline; command-and-control is provided by a command console; and the effector can be the Lite Beam laser, the C-Guard RD jammer, or even a high-pressured water gun depending on the threat.