US Homeland Security to Test Counter-Drone Program in 2019
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November 22, 2018 - by Calvin Biesecker for Rotor & Wing
With new legislation opening the door for testing, evaluating and eventually deploying systems to mitigate threats from unmanned aircraft systems that can be purchased commercially, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to begin evaluating related technologies and systems in 2019.
Sandia National Laboratories, on behalf of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, on Monday issued a Request for Information to help it identify commercial-off-the-shelf counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) systems for evaluation next year to help make decisions about acquiring and deploying the systems.
Responses to the RFI are due by Dec. 3. DHS says it will collect technical information on counter drone systems and compare it "against manufacturer specifications and claims."