RADA Electronic Industries, together with its partners Ascent Vision and Sierra Nevada Corporation, won a US$200,000 prize at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event III demonstration with its X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system.
The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events, also called Game of Drones, began in June 2017. More than 450 technological capabilities aimed to tackle sea, land, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications.
ThunderDrone RPE III was the culmination of the events, and provided a venue for systems of various technologies to be tested in a true field environment. The exercise was formally evaluated by a government assessment team with the award presented at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
RADA’s multi-mission hemispheric Radar (MHR) is the primary detection and tracking sensor of X-MADIS (the expeditionary Mobile Aerial Defence Integrated System), tailored for counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) missions.
It can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS on the move or while in a stationary position.
"We are very proud to be part of the industry team achieving this success for X-MADIS,” Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, said. “The system is a derivate of a system deployed successfully with a DOD customer. Therefore, it demonstrates that our technology is highly scalable, flexible and truly adaptable for multi-mission environments.”
SOFWERX is a partnership between the Doolittle Institute and US Special Operations Command. It was created to investigate new technology in an effort to put advanced capabilities into service.