The Austrian Armed Forces and Rheinmetall have efficiently examined the leased Counter-small Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS), which had been delivered in Might 2022, as a part of a practical train. Rheinmetall’s deployable C-sUAS system is at the moment being evaluated by the Austrian Armed Forces alongside different methods as a part of the Countering Rising Air Threats (C-EAT) challenge. Following the profitable assessments, the Austrian Armed Forces have now prolonged the lease contract by seven months. The massive variety of drones used – from commercially out there drones to fashions with jet propulsion to self-built drones managed in line with the LTE cell radio normal – clearly confirmed that trendy drone defence can solely be effectively managed in a community.

After the coaching on the system had been accomplished, the operational functionality of the Rheinmetall C-sUAS system was now to be examined as intensively as potential beneath actual circumstances. For this objective, a classy check programme was developed, which included each check and practical assault flights by small drones. The purpose was to detect and clearly confirm these drones as early as potential utilizing a broadly primarily based sensor combine. A potential battle in opposition to these enemy drones was demonstrated via jammers. A particular spotlight was the introduction of the goal queuing system by pill from the higher-level command and management system to the jammer operator. The Austrian armed forces had chosen Rheinmetall’s C-sUAS system and loaned it out for a six-month interval of testing and analysis. In Might 2022 Rheinmetall Air Defence AG shipped the newest model of its quickly deployable counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) to the Austrian army.


“A profitable and intensive check week supplied a large number of necessary insights and experiences,” stated Matthias Diem, Vice President Counter Drones and Aviation Markets. “From our standpoint, the train was an instructive instance of how innovation-oriented armed forces, along with trade, can acquire the required insights to develop and adapt tomorrow’s applied sciences for potential new threats from the air at an early stage. A giant thanks goes to the Air Pressure and Anti-Plane Defence College in Langenlebarn for the nice organisation and execution of this forward-looking train.”

This lease contract has now been prolonged. The system contains two shelter items, enabling speedy deployment on normal trailers and vehicles. The sensor unit elevates robotically and could be outfitted with varied detection applied sciences, together with X-band and S-band radar, passive emitter locator, ADS-B receiver and others if required. An built-in, stabilized 360° electro-optical PTZ sensor gives state-of-the-art verification and monitoring capabilities. Based mostly on the tried-and-tested Oerlikon Skymaster command and management system, the separate C2 shelter is a completely fledged operator workstation. Skymaster delivers an impressive stage of sensor information fusion and a number of operational capabilities, together with scalability to built-in goal cueing gadgets and effectors for various countermeasures in addition to hyperlinks to larger echelons.