Paramount Group has added anti-drone technologies to its Mwari multi-mission aircraft, which it says will enable the aircraft’s deployment as a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drone hunter and killer or aerial vehicle. unmanned (UAV).
The addition of “Find, Fix & Finish” technologies for the anti-drone defense environment is capable of engaging MALE drones at altitudes of 20,000 to 30,000 feet, Paramount said, where only defense systems highly sophisticated and expensive ground-based airborne operations (GBADS) can achieve, which otherwise would require the intervention of fighter aircraft.
“Advanced sensors, extended range and pinpoint accuracy are at the forefront of the Mwari system’s innovative design, making the platform an ideal solution for the threats posed by MALE drones to the territorial integrity of sovereign nations” , the company said in a statement. .
The Mwari is capable of cruising at a minimum speed of 110 knots for up to 10 flight hours (with optional external fuel tanks for added endurance). It can be fully equipped with air-to-air missiles (with an engagement range of 4,000 m) as well as wing-mounted rapid-fire gun pods (with an engagement range of 800 m), “providing the latest in anti-drone lethality.
This capability relies on inherent on-board situational awareness technologies such as high-bandwidth encrypted data link and multi-spectrum search and tracking sensors, long-range optical and radar surveillance systems, communications satellite SA7 CRM, AIS and real-time video. This hardware and software can assess targets, including 2,000 kg class MALE drones, typically flown in high-altitude surveillance patterns.
Steve Griessel, CEO of Paramount Group, said: “Historically, prohibitive costs have limited anti-drone systems targeting MALE drone threats. Amidst this paradigm, the Mwari fits right in, the next best-in-class precision technology, and capable of operating at a fraction of the cost of alternative anti-drone solutions. No other singular aircraft has such an intuitive multi-mission application or can reach similar altitudes while hosting what is the industry gold standard in situational awareness technology.
An Interchangeable Multi-Mission System Bay (IMSB) located in the fuselage further allows for “on-the-fly” system changes; real-time updates, additions and integrations are made possible, ensuring the single airframe can be easily reconfigured for different missions.
“We look forward to leveraging Mwari’s innovative rugged applications as the ultimate anti-drone defense solution and its exciting next steps for adoption by our global partners,” Griesel concluded.