Laser-Based Counter-Unmanned Aerial System for UAS Threat Detection

Posted Oct 17, 2019 by Applied Technology Associates (ATA)

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) unveiled LOCUST, a Low-Cost Counter-Unmanned Aerial System for detecting, identifying, and mitigating threats, at the 2019 Counter UAS Summit. The company also showcased the solution at the AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition held from October 14-16, 2019 in Washington D.C. ATA will also be participating with the LOCUST in U.S. government field experiments during Oct-Nov.

LOCUST was designed from the ground-up to provide a capable and cost-effective defense against low cost asymmetric unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats. LOCUST detects and identifies UAS threats using active and passive radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical infrared (EOIR) sensor subsystems, and it negates the threats using intelligent electronic attack (EA) and high energy laser (HEL) effectors.

Each affordable LOCUST delivers a layered detection and identification capability in a fixed emplacement configuration or on a mobile platform with HEL shoot-on-the-move capability. LOCUST is designed for the counter UAS mission, and the technologies and approaches are scalable to provide a compact, rugged, and modular multi-mission system to conduct more effective and efficient detection, identification, management, and mitigation of Group 1 and Group 2 UAS threats. LOCUST is designed for installation on military or commercial platforms to defeat UAS and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) threats, as well as provide ISR capability. It can be rapidly inserted into integrated battle management, command, and control (BMC2) architectures as well.

Applying ATA’s technical strengths to help protect the military and civilians from the rapidly emerging threats of small unmanned aerial systems is an endeavor that is pivotal to ATA’s future aspirations for high-tech solutions and manufacturing. LOCUST leverages over 30 years of experience providing precision pointing, tracking, and beam and fire control on laser weapon programs.

ATA is an advanced technology company specializing in precision stabilization, tracking, pointing, and controls for optical systems including HEL systems and optical communications systems.