Counter UAS technology company Department 13 has entered into a teaming agreement with Raytheon to market and support existing counter-drone technologies and co-develop new capabilities.
D13 and Raytheon initially will seek opportunities for Mesmer, D-13’s patented, low-power, non-jamming, non-line-of-sight, non-kinetic, counter-drone solution, which according to D13 CEO Jonathan Hunter, provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones by automatically detecting and then stopping, redirecting or taking control of them.
“This teaming agreement marks an important milestone as Raytheon is a global leader in developing unmanned system situational awareness, mission management and command and control systems,” he said.
“Raytheon’s strong ties to key customers globally, combined with its quality controls and assurance, will add a great amount of depth and breadth to our development efforts.”
“Commercial drones continue to be affordable, yet effective tools for our adversaries to target US and allied forces,” Raytheon program director for unmanned vehicle control systems Bob Busey said.
“We will work with D13 to bring unique counter-drone technologies to defend against these growing threats.”
D13 had already partnered with local protective equipment supplier EPE to market the product in Australia; at this stage it is unclear whether Raytheon Australia would be involved under the new agreement.