Martek Anti Drone Systems (MADS) has announced a new strategic partnership in the Middle East with Exalto Emirates. The latter will be MADS’ exclusive distributor in the region, providing drone detection and mitigation services for the marine industry.
John W.R. Paul, General Manager of Exalto Emirates, says, “We are really excited to add Martek’s anti-drone system to our portfolio of products and provide our customers with a system that identifies, and protects against, this growing threat to maritime shipping. The past few years have seen a massive uptake in the number of consumer-grade unmanned aerial vehicles, and the result has been drones appearing in unwanted airspaces, including above ports, marinas, anchorage or waterways.”
MADS automatically detects, identifies and tracks all drones within its range, and offers user-configurable and escalating alarms. It constantly scans two frequencies and detects protocols and frequency hopping.
The system also has a ‘defeat’ capability, so if a real drone threat is established, the system enables a 500m electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the facility. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control or video signal will be blocked, initiating its fail-safe mode, and forcing it to land or return to its operator.