Counter-Drone Technology

Citadel Defense
San Diego, CA

The U.S. Government and Department of Defense recently awarded Citadel Defense a $12.2M contract to defeat enemy drones on the battlefield and at covered locations in the United States. The decision to purchase Citadel's Titan systems was made after extensive U.S. Government evaluation that assessed more than a dozen other counter drone solutions.

The selection of Titan addresses immediate challenges caused by rapidly evolving drones domestically and overseas. Titan operates as a standalone system that is equally effective in fixed, mobile and dismounted operations, which simplifies lifecycle and sustainment challenges burdening troops and budgets today.

According to Matthew England, VP of Citadel Defense, “Deployed warfighters designed the system. Weighing 20 pounds and capable of autonomous operation, Titan has been detecting, identifying and defeating adversarial drones in extremely isolated fixed locations, complex urban environments, mobile missions on-the-move, and dismounted operations where man-portability is a premium.”

In June 2020, the Defense Department determined Titan’s superior performance after 14-months of successful combat deployments and government evaluations. The results of those evaluations showed that Titan adequately addressed the DOTMLPF (doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities) strategies required for modernization in the fight against nefarious commercial and handmade drones.

Titan supports control frequencies of 2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz/Wi-Fi, with an optional extended frequency kit for 433 MHz/915 MHz/1.2 GHz/Wi-Fi. It has a detection range of up to 3 km horizontal and 1,500 ft vertical (variable with noise floor and environment) and a defeat range of up to 1.5 km horizontal and 1,500 ft vertical. Battery life is approximately 5 hours in detect mode and 2.5 hours in defeat mode, depending on duty cycle. Operating temperature range is -20° to +50°C.

The system’s artificial intelligence and deep learning foundation enables Titan to match or outpace the speed of the evolving threat, whether multi-agents and/or swarms, and provides the capability for layered C-sUAS defenses. This investment from the Department of Defense highlights a growing trend for relying on commercially available solutions to defend against rapidly evolving threats.

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