The NightFighter Counter-UAV – leading the way in safety for Counter-UAV Systems at the Dubai Airshow

Pioneering UK Company, SteelRock UAV, will use the Dubai Airshow to introduce the world's safest Counter-UAV system to the global aerospace, defence and security markets

November 12, 2017 Photo(s): By SteelRock UAV Solutions Limited
NightFighter undergoing Radiation Hazard testing
SteelRock UAV's NightFighter Counter UAV

The increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in both military and civilian areas is posing a significant challenge to police, security and military organisations around the world. Many solutions have been designed to help combat this new threat, from Radio Frequency (RF) technologies to physical interceptors. While RF technologies can be used to great effect to disable UAVs, the safety implications of using powerful RF technology, particularly in built-up civilian areas, are serious but rarely talked about.

For SteelRock UAV, the safety of both the counter-UAV system operator and the surrounding human environment have always been a key concern. To address this serious RF technology safety issue, SteelRock UAV has created the NightFighter Counter-UAV System - a highly focussed, directional antenna system, for use in military and civil protection applications that can override, repel, capture and/or take-down UAVs.

Having analysed the problems posed by existing Counter-UAV technology, the NightFighter was designed and manufactured to maximise the safety of the system's operator, as well as the immediate infrastructure and surroundings.

If not directed properly, items such as hospital health monitoring systems, security and police communications, telecoms infrastructure (mobile phone masts) vehicle navigation systems and life-saving medical devices (such as pace-makers), which all rely on RF, can be materially affected by Counter-UAV RF devices. The NightFighter has been carefully developed to avoid any levels of interference with such critical national infrastructure, while still delivering precisely and safely on specific targets.

By using a highly directional antenna, the NightFighter minimises the surrounding environment's exposure to RF and, as importantly, shields the operator from the dangerous RF exposure levels that are experienced with other Counter-UAV RF systems.

The NightFighter has undergone rigorous safety and Radiation Hazard testing to ensure that all the steps taken have created the safest Counter-UAV system on the market. Not only has the NightFighter passed all these tests, but in a recent controlled UAV 'take-down' at range, the RF exposure to the operator was measured at 10 per cent of the permitted EU limits – far exceeding design safety expectations.

In summary, SteelRock UAV offers a highly effective solution to a significant and growing threat. By producing precision equipment and state-of-the-art shielding, SteelRock UAV takes the responsibility very seriously for delivering a safe and effective deterrence to the considerable dangers posed by hostile UAVs.