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will emphasize low footprint solutions, in terms of size, weight, and
power (SWaP), and manning, which
will benefit other counter-UAS missions and result in more affordable
systems,” the document explains.
“Defending in a variety of operating environments against these
sUAS [small UAS] threats and associated concept of operations requires
several breakthroughs in affordable
technology to ‘sense, decide and
act’ on a compressed timeline while
mitigating collateral damage. The
program seeks to develop solutions
applicable to the defense of mobile
ground and naval forces that can
also potentially defeat more conventional threats. The solution will be
scalable and modular such that it
can be deployed in multiple defense
applications and does not become
obsolete with evolving threat capability,” the document continues.
The crossover potential of mili-
tary C-UAV technologies to civil-
ian applications also is central to
MFP, which DARPA is working on
not only with all the military ser-
vices, but also with the DHS Science
& Technology Directorate and the
U.S. Coast Guard. As part of that,
as each open-air demonstration
ends, DARPA will offer all interested
parties the opportunity to fund
extended field evaluations. The
agency’s stated goal “is to develop
the interim versions and the final
prototype system to meet the needs
of a broad number of potential U.S.
government and commercial users.”
DARPA recently awarded phase-
one agreements to expedite the
development of C-sUAV capabilities
and get them into the field quickly
to three teams, led by Dynetics Inc.
in Huntsville, Ala.; Saab Defense and
Security USA in East Syracuse, N. Y.;
and SRC Inc. in North Syracuse N. Y.
“The three teams we’ve assembled
have innovative ideas for a versatile,
layered defense system that could
protect convoys on the move from
The DARPA Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program seeks to develop an integrated system
able to defeat a raid of self-guided small unmanned aircraft attacking a high-value convoy
on the move.