Epirus has delivered the primary of 4 high-powered microwave-based counter drone swarm programs to the US Military.
The preliminary Oblique Fireplace Safety Functionality – Excessive-Energy Microwave (IFPC-HPM) system is a part of a $66-million contract the agency clinched in January forward of six contenders.
Primarily based on the corporate’s Leonidas system, the IFPC-HPM is an electromagnetic pulse system that disables an aerial goal by zapping its electronics.
It could neutralize a single goal in a crowded area and a number of targets throughout a large space.
It’s designed to permit for future enhancements via software program updates.
Oblique Fireplace Safety Functionality
The IFPC-HPM is a part of a broader Oblique Fireplace Safety Functionality (IFPC) meant to guard fastened and semi-fixed belongings from aerial threats comparable to drones, rockets, artillery, mortars, and cruise missiles.
The IFPC includes a mixture of kinetic interceptors and direct power weapons comparable to lasers and microwaves.
It’s meant to bridge the hole between short-range air protection programs, the Patriot, and the Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection system.
Dynetics is contracted to ship 16 IFPC launcher prototypes and anticipated to ship 12 of them by early 2024, in accordance to Protection Information.
The microwave system underwent an acceptance check for personnel and gasoline security earlier than supply, additional validating its development to operational functionality.
Additional assessments and analysis are slated for the event of ways, methods, and procedures for future use.
“In January, we started our work with RCCTO (Fast Capabilities and Essential Applied sciences Workplace) to ship an operational high-power microwave weapon to the Air Protection group – and, immediately, we’ve accomplished so in document time,” stated chief govt officer Epirus Ken Bedingfield.
“With our Military associates, the crew at Epirus has developed and demonstrated unprecedented HPM functionality in simply 9 months.”