D-Fend Solutions Expands and Extends Participation in FAA UAS Program

D-Fend’s EnforceAir non-jamming, non-kinetic cyber C-UAS System was deployed and tested at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

D-Fend Solutions Expands and Extends Participation in FAA UAS Program

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RA’ANANA, Israel, and McLEAN, Va.D-Fend Solutions has announced expanded and extended participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detection and Mitigation Research Program.

The program is “aimed at achieving safe and efficient airport and National Airspace System (NAS) operations,” according to the company announcement. D-Fend Solutions offers solutions in radio frequency (RF), cyber-based, non-kinetic, non-jamming, counter-drone detection and takeover mitigation technology.

The company’s core Counter-UAS system, EnforceAir, underwent testing at a second airport site, Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR).

EnforceAir was previously selected for participation in the FAA program at Atlantic City International Airport (KACY).

The program “enables the FAA to work with major federal departments and agencies to ensure technologies/systems that are developed, tested, or deployed by federal departments and agencies to detect and/or mitigate potential risks posed by errant or hostile UAS operations do not adversely impact or interfere with the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System (NAS).”

The evaluation “further ensures that EnforceAir does not adversely impact or interfere with safe airport operations, aircraft navigation, or air traffic services,” according to the company announcement.

What’s Next for EnforceAir and D-Fend Solutions

D-Fend Solutions has progressed from initial testing at one airport to further assessment in a second airport environment.

“Graduating and completing the second phase at another airport is a major milestone for program participants that are able to demonstrate that their product performs as advertised, generated reliable and accurate data, and warranted further evaluation in another operational setting,” the announcement says.

“EnforceAir’s quick progression from first trials at Atlantic City to additional evaluations at Syracuse in this demanding and vital FAA program validates D-Fend’s vision of enabling a flourishing drone-powered society, specifically in aviation, by supporting the growth of safe and secure drone adoption and integration while applying innovation to defend against rogue drone threats at airports,” says Zohar Halachmi, chairman and CEO of D-Fend Solutions, in the company announcement.

This program expansion follows a series of successful milestones achieved by the company in recent months, including expansion of the U.S. team and the launch of EnforceAir2.

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