by Fortem Technologies
Fortem Technologies Announces the First Fully Autonomous Counter UAV Solution
On February 15, Fortem Technologies, Inc. announced the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by patrolling a pre-determined airspace. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture capabilities over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely fall back to to a predefined safe zone.
The DroneHunter™ is an unmanned counter-UAS aircraft engineered to autonomously fly toward unwanted drones in the sky without a human pilot on the ground. It can detect, track, classify, monitor via video stream, inspect, and safely capture an intruder drone. The platform has an onboard autopilot and navigation system as well as optional 4K camera for real-time video, but these capabilities are just the beginning.
Available today for defense and federal government customers, some of the technology inside the DroneHunter system was developed and hardened over several years on US Department of Defense applications and is now available on a wider basis. Core technologies include TrueView Radar, machine learning, specialised guidance, secure data collection and services as well as open command and control platforms for customers to detect, track, classify and mitigate unwanted drones. The open, secure ground station offers operational flexibility of multiple DroneHunters.
Equipped with radar, DroneHunter includes an autonomous guidance system and an open command and control platform to detect, identify and tow away hostile drones within a secured geo-fenced perimeter. DroneHunter notifies authorised personnel of potential aerial threats in real-time. The command center ground station provides monitoring and manual intervention override options to meet situational requirements.
Fortem DroneHunter Demonstration
Components of the DroneHunter System
Fortem TrueView Radar
Fortem TrueView Radar is at the heart of DroneHunter, and provides advanced detection, classification and monitoring, day and night and in all ground and weather conditions including smoke, clouds, fog and smog. Some key features include:
• Radar seeker for tracking target
• 500 meter range for detecting sUAS
• Azimuth and Elevation accuracy ±2°
• Integrated INS
• Heading accuracy 0.5°
• Update rate 500 Hz
• Ethernet and serial ports
• Health check LEDs
DroneHunter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that operates autonomously and provides an onboard autopilot and navigation system, and optional 4Kcamera for real-time video. DroneHunter operates on multiple UAV platforms. The most popular models are light (under 16 lbs.), compact and easy to transport.
The Fortem Netgun effectively captures its target and can be configured for single or multiple shots. For higher speed targets, the Fortem Drape Net autonomously blocks fast-moving drones before they reach restricted areas or no fly zones.
• Unmanned aircraft with onboard autopilot and navigation system, and optional 4K camera
• Multiple platforms available ranging in speed and endurance
• Small UAV platform weighs only 16 lbs. and is compact for easy transportation
• Various tow levels available depending on UAV platform capabilities
• Wireless link to ground station
• Radar tracks
• Video feed
Fortem Airborne Net Gun
Safely captures drone with no collateral damage
• High-powered net launcher at 80 mph
• Able to effectively hit a target up to 25 ft. away
• Net has 8 ft. radius for easy capture
• Delivers captures drone by tether or parachute
• Multi-shot net gun with optional human intervention and override