Commercial drones represent a serious security risk to major public events, but also to sensitive infrastructures and facilities such as indus- trial testing grounds, large industrial plants, Armed Forces properties and correctional facilities. A particular risk is the unauthorised use of such drones for espionage, provocation or even criminal and terrorist purposes.

Since early 2015, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Diehl Defence GmbH have been cooperating and working intensively on a joint solution to counter these threats. The resulting solution includes different sensors and appropriate effectors as well as a command & control system. The modular drone countering solution consists of the following components:

  • ESG’s TARANIS® command and control system
  • R&S®ARDRONIS radio-controlled drone identification and countering system
  • Diehl HPEMcounterUAS electromagnetic pulse sources
  • Other optional sensors such as cameras and radars, including Robin Radar Systems' ELVIRA® Drone Detection Radar.

The cooperation ensured effective protection against the unauthorized use of commercial drones and thus against an omnipresent security risk during the 2015 G7 summit in Germany. Following its successful debut, the solution ensured the safety of other major events such as the visit of the US President to the Hanover Fair. 

Adapted from: ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (2016). Modular Drone Defence System [Brochure]. Retrieved April 5, 2018, from https://www.esg.de