Spanish international technology firm AERTEC joins an ambitious new European project in the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) promoted by the European Union to increase its own capabilities in this area.
The Joint European sYstem for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (JEY-CUAS) is a new project for developing a joint system for countering the growing threat of unmanned aerial systems in the field of security and defence of European nations. Leonardo, an Italian company, is leading the consortium which is composed of 37 entities and companies from 14 European countries, including Spain. These companies are leaders in the European defence industry; they will have a budget of 15 million Euros and work together for 24 months providing the latest advanced technology to design a cutting-edge C-UAS system that will contribute to improving situational awareness and reaction time to counter the increasing resistance of drones to first generation C-UAS.
AERTEC will contribute its UAS expertise, particularly in the management of trajectories and the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies, which will help define an algorithm for predicting both trajectories and the behaviour of physical models, based on probability techniques. AERTEC will use Artificial Intelligence to train the algorithm and will adapt computational techniques (based on advanced data analysis and machine learning with swarm intelligence) to improve trajectory prediction rates.
These technologies will be integrated into AERTEC’s TARSIS UAS, which in its surveillance configuration, will be an additional platform that will make it possible to include different sensors in the JEY-CUAS system. Integrated into Command and Control (C2), the surveillance drone will provide a different aerial perspective of the overall threat, including situational awareness.
According to Pedro Becerra, AERTEC Corporate Director of Aerospace & Defence, “joining this project, which is a genuine technological challenge for the European entities that form part of the consortium, will allow us to consolidate TARSIS uses, capabilities and its tactical simulation environment in the field of defence”.
TARSIS integration and operation in this future joint defence system will mean an increase in its own UAS capabilities and a qualitative leap to the European level, favouring AERTEC’s positioning in the market as a provider of unmanned systems for defence capabilities.