France orders anti-drone system for Olympics, rugby World Cup
The French Defense Ministry has selected a group of tech companies led by aeronautic, security, and transport giant Thales to produce an anti-drone system tailored to micro and small UAVs, for deployment during the France-hosted World Cup of Rugby in 2023 and Paris Summer Olympics the following year.
The Defense Ministry said the collective of tech companies headed by Thales and the CS Group had been granted the contract to produce an anti-drone platform capable of detecting, identifying, and neutralizing smaller, non-military craft. The $377 million project is tasked with producing a modular, easily transportable system that can spot and respond to consumer-sized and smaller aerial vehicles whether they’re transmitting electromagnetic waves or not.
The specs for France’s new anti-drone system anticipate domestic, non-combat deployment against micro drones as small as insects, and consumer UAVs ranging from 50 centimeters and larger.
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