Drone detection and countermeasure manufacturer DroneShield and French defence contractor Thales have strengthened their global relationship following Thales’ testing of the company’s products.
The two companies have collaborated for the past three years under the federal government’s global supply chain programme, with Thales integrating DroneShield sensors into its military and aerospace systems.
More recently, DroneShield’s RfOne long range AI-enabled drone detection sensor was subjected to extensive testing over a 6-month period by the Thales Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) teams in Northern France..
Measured detection ranges exceeded nominal specifications by 25 per cent, according to DroneShield.
Thales Surveillance System Architect Manager Younes Fada said: “As drone threats escalate, Thales has been searching for a global ‘best of breed’ combination for all counterdrone capabilities, extensively testing and assessing each candidate system.
“We are pleased with the performance of the DroneShield solutions and look forward to deploying them with our global customer base.”
Thales now has active tenders that include DroneShield sensors competing for multiple global opportunities.
And this week Thales placed a further order for DroneShield equipment for an undisclosed value, for its own and customer deployments.
DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said: “Thales has been a great defence and technology prime partner for us, having fielded our sensors as part of their combined solutions, and taking our offering to their global customer set.
“In the current uncertain geopolitical environment globally, and an increasing use of drones in warfare, as well as nefarious use such as terrorism and nuisance, we have a strong pipeline of projects that we are working through.”
Picture: DroneShield/Thales and DroneShield executives at Droneshield’s Sydney office
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