In an era defined by rapid technological progress, the proliferation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has introduced unprecedented challenges to security and defense. The Horizon Europe grant CALL for “Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems” represents a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to safeguard our airspace from evolving threats. This initiative aims to address safety and security concerns arising from the widespread availability of UAS components, including commercially accessible and easy-to-assemble options.
The primary goal of this grant CALL is to foster groundbreaking solutions that transcend the limitations of conventional surveillance methods in countering UAS threats. These challenges are multifaceted, as UAS possess attributes that often evade traditional detection techniques. The slow speed, low altitude, and minimal radio-frequency cross-section of these systems render them difficult to detect using standard radar systems. Moreover, their ability to hide among natural obstacles and their advanced onboard processing capabilities, including artificial intelligence, necessitate a paradigm shift in counter-UAS (C-UAS) technology.
The overarching scope of this endeavor encompasses a wide range of capabilities, from addressing safety concerns and contextualizing threats to providing versatile solutions adaptable to various scenarios and engagement rules. Enhancing identification and classification capabilities of the system is also a focal point. The initiative spans a diverse array of applications, including continuous protection of critical infrastructure, swift deployment, and effective integration of sensors and effectors within an open architecture for tactical and civil use.
It’s worth noting that forward-looking organizations like Haptic R&D Consulting are actively seeking partnership opportunities to contribute their expertise and collaborate within consortia for this Grant Call. As we embark on this transformative journey, we stand at the precipice of revolutionizing security strategies. The potential impact of this initiative is profound, promising to validate and consolidate defense strategies, enhance situational awareness, and amplify the effectiveness of C-UAS technologies. The vision set forth by the Horizon Europe grant CALL propels us towards a future where innovation triumphs over challenges, ensuring the skies remain secure amidst the evolving landscape of unmanned aerial systems.