The Evolving Threat
Inadvertent or unlawful misuse of UAS poses an escalating threat to public safety. Reports characterizing the safety challenges posed by such misuse include UAS intruding into restricted airspace around high-value assets such as airports, buildings, critical national infrastructure, and stadiums, as well as hindering first responder activities. The frequency of such reports is increasing dramatically. A reliable solution must be advanced that ensures public safety while supporting the rights of responsible operators to fly these aircraft.
The CACI-Designed SkyTracker System
SkyTracker's passive detection capability creates an electronic perimeter boundary around sensitive locations that is superior to geofencing. It provides continuous, automated monitoring, day or night, and operates in all weather conditions.
The modular system protects high-value assets in geographically compact locations surrounding government buildings, embassies, and stadiums, and is scalable to provide wide-area defense of airports, military bases, and areas under temporary flight bans such as locations experiencing forest fires.
Accurately Locate UAS and Their Operators
SkyTracker's UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses UAS radio links to precisely identify and locate systems flying in banned or protected airspace. SkyTracker has the unique capability to locate the ground operators, enhancing responders' ability to only engage those operators who are inadvertently or unlawfully misusing their aircraft.
The CACI system triangulates the position of misused UAS for accurate geolocation and tracking, while differentiating them from other UAS in the same area. CACI's cutting-edge technology means the system continually adapts to evolving threats.
SkyTracker's mitigation capability provides responders with precise information in a defined geographic location in order to initiate countermeasures that, unlike other technologies, do not interfere with legitimate electronics or communications systems in the area, or with UAS that are being operated responsibly as determined by the U.S. government.
The system's targeted ability to stop specific UAS allows responders' aircraft systems to remain unaffected and mission capable. Mitigation is platform specific and, typically, multiple techniques are used in parallel, enhancing responders' capability to achieve desired effects from long distances.