T.H.R.E.A.T. was developed with the intention to present a low-cost, safe, and Bradley-compliant manufactured testing platform for counter sUAS options. As we speak’s battlefield is experiencing an unprecedented quantity of off-the-shelf UAS gear being deployed for offensive and reconnaissance roles. To fight this, the U.S. Division of Protection has issued a number of calls to motion for prime producers to develop countermeasures.
Quite a few acts reminiscent of H.R. 4682 – UAS Act (2021) prohibit sure overseas manufactured gear from being “operated, financed, or procured” by all DOD or DOD prime contracting firms for any use. Sure acts explicitly identify DJI (China), probably the most famend sUAS producer, as the highest prohibited cyber menace because of many options together with cloud storing know-how. Though DJI raises the vast majority of safety issues by the DOD, they continue to be the preferred. From Syria to Ukraine, the Phantom continues to be probably the most extensively used platform for each reconnaissance and offensive measures.
T.H.R.E.A.T. was designed to imitate the preferred DJI sUAS platform. From propulsion techniques to aerial signature and flight traits, our plane performs nearly identically when flown facet by facet with the Phantom. Whereas the Phantom depends upon cloud system know-how, we designed T.H.R.E.A.T. to carry out its missions with out the usage of any video gear or web entry preserving the sUAS fully air-gapped from any outdoors entity.
- THREAT was developed with the intention to present a low price, safe and US domestically manufactured resolution for testing anti-UAS weapon techniques presently being developed to counter the subsequent technology of battlefield drones. Nearly all the out there business sUAS system are usually not domestically manufactured, and people which can be typically have overseas ties that restrict their use for the meant activity.
- Knowledge safety. Cloud providers and “at all times related” options are a direct concern and easily can’t be brushed apart when coping with nationwide safety applied sciences and their improvement and testing. Flight, telemetry, and payload knowledge will not be reliant upon being related to the web or a cloud-based service. It’s level to level between the plane and floor station. The information stream can be encrypted for full safety.
- Low price and inexperienced. All supplies are sourced primarily based on preserving prices low, in addition to using recycled plastics. By decreasing price, budgets for expendable targets might be stretched to permit for extra testing inside a static finances.
- Energy System
- Makes use of widespread, simply sourced, 18650 Lithium-Ion battery cells. Doesn’t require proprietary battery packs or chargers. If wanted, chargers and battery cells might be sourced regionally by the top person.
- Lithium-Ion batteries comprise quite a few security options that aren’t current in Lithium Polymer batteries. If pushed previous their limits, these security options assist forestall thermal runaway occasions and uncontrollable battery fires.
- Lithium-Ion batteries present long-duration flight for his or her dimension and weight in comparison with LiPo batteries, however at a decrease depth. Buying and selling excessive efficiency for flight length permits this sUAS to fly farther and keep on station for prolonged durations.
- Low general elements depend consisting of carbon fiber plate and tube, in addition to 3d printed parts.
- 3d printed parts are constructed from recycled plastic presenting low environmental affect
- Flight Management System
- THREAT might be flown by way of arms on radio management, floor station with telemetry knowledge hyperlink, or a hybrid of each.
- Flight profiles might be preprogrammed and uploaded to the FCU for repeatable missions.
- When utilizing the bottom station with telemetry hyperlink, flights might be reviewed by replaying the log throughout the floor station interface.
- The bottom mannequin of THREAT is solely a flight succesful airframe with localization and telemetry functionality. When reside video will not be required, or safety is of prime concern, the shortage of a video system is a significant plus.
- Non-obligatory video payloads embrace:
- Conventional RGB FPV utilizing 5.8GHz, 1.3GHz unencrypted analog transmitters.
- HD digital RGB, NDVI and thermal utilizing encrypted digital transmitters.
- Different payload choices out there upon request inside dimension and weight limits.