18 Nov 2019 11:22

Russia offers multi-level drone countermeasures system to Mideast countries - Rosoboronexport head

MOSCOW. Nov 18 (Interfax) - Russia has designed and offered a multi-level ECM system for combating unmanned aerial vehicles to partners in the Middle East and Africa, according to Rosoboronexport head Alexander Mikheyev.

"We have submitted our proposals, including services in building a multi-level area-based ECM network, to partners in the Middle East, North Africa, and other regions," the Rosoboronexport press service quoted Mikheyev as saying in its statement on Monday.

"This network reliably protects territories and sites from individual drones, groups of drones, and drone swarms," he said.

Enterprises of the Saudi national oil company were attacked from the air in September, Mikheyev recalled. The Yemeni Houthi insurgents claimed to be responsible for the attack. According to Saudi Arabia, it was attacked by both drones and cruise missiles.

"Terrorists demonstrated in the Middle East a short time ago that disregard of this threat may have critical consequences for strategic industries of a particular country or even harm the global financial market. Classic defense systems proved to be unable to deter the challenge, and their developers have acknowledged that this is so," Mikheyev said.

Rosoboronexport rapidly responded to the situation and prepared unique solutions to protect crucial transport, and fuel and atomic infrastructure from attacks, he said.

According to Rosoboronexport, the multi-level area-based ECM system countering small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles may include elements of various ranges of operation, mobility, and types of protected sites and territories consistent with the client's needs.

The Reppelent ECM system designed and produced by JSC Defense Systems provides area-based ECM protection.

The system detects the drone and its control post by tracking down the radio signal, identifies the type of the drone and its trajectory, and suppresses communication, which cuts the drone off control and navigation signals.

"The system is unique because it can jam every drone control channel," Rosoboronexport said.

Repellent operates on a long range: it can detect and suppress drones at distances of at least 30 kilometers. It operates in any season, climate, and weather, including dust, rain, and high winds conditions.

Rosoboronexport offers a broad range of products, including the Sapsan-Bekas mobile multirole drone-countermeasures system, Kupol and Rubezh-Avtomatika systems, and man-portable Luch and Pishchal systems, for protecting crucial sites, such as airfields, and atomic and other types of energy facilities.