The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) supported the Department of Defense (DOD) in evaluating component technology during Black Dart 2019, a joint interagency demonstration focused on rapid development and implementation of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) technology from readily-available commercial and governmental products.
DIU selected technology vendors fielding best-in-class modal capability to demonstrate these capabilities, and sixteen C-UAS systems with the ability to detect, classify, identify, and track small UASs, were evaluated during the test event in June of 2019.
"D-Fend Solutions' EnforceAir has demonstrated unmatched abilities to successfully mitigate the growing threats of commercial drones, especially in today's complex environments, thereby supporting US law-enforcement, DHS, DOJ and DOD agencies located in the US and abroad to save the lives of our soldiers," states Greg Gudger, President & CEO of ELTA North America, the exclusive marketer of D-Fend Solutions in the U.S.
"Many counter-drone platforms were assessed by the DIU seeking the optimal solutions, and we are proud to have been down-selected," says Zohar Halachmi, Chairman & CEO of D-Fend solutions.
The overall objectives of Black Dart include the following: to assess and validate existing and emerging Air and Missile Defense capabilities and concepts specific to the C-UAS mission set, to advocate for soldiers desired C-UAS capabilities, and to inform future requirements decision-making. Ultimately, these objectives are in direct response to the explosive growth of the commercial drone industry and the emerging, complex threats UAS pose to military service members, high-security installations, and critical infrastructure.
About DIU Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the adoption of commercial technology into the U.S. military to strengthen national security. Learn more at www.diu.mil
About D-Fend Solutions Founded in 2017 by Zohar Halachmi, Assaf Monsa and Yaniv Benbenisti, D-Fend Solutions is the leading provider of counter-drone solutions for urban environments in the most challenging scenarios. The company has recently secured a $28M funding led by Claridge Israel with participation by current shareholder, Vertex Israel. For further information, visit www.d-fendsolutions.com