DroneShield to work with Defence on electronic warfare

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A Sydney-based business that manufactures products to detect and jam enemy drones is set to advise Defence on electronic warfare.

DroneShield has been appointed to serve on the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (ISREW) Standing Offer Panel.

It means the business will be tasked with supporting the design, development, integration, and acquisition of ISREW equipment.

Its contribution could also include research and development, prototyping and low-rate production and the provision of services for mission systems.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, welcomed the company’s selection, adding it would build on the existing work delivered to Defence.

“In addition to our rapidly growing counter-drone business, the ISREW work is a highly complementary, adjacent market,” he said.

“We already have real experience in this space via our second electronic warfare contract with the Australian Department of Defence, as well as an ISR contract with the Defence Innovation Hub.

“The significance of being on the panel is access to additional work for sensitive projects which cannot be openly tendered for by the Commonwealth.”

The news comes just days after DroneShield Limited confirmed its receipt of a $2 million order for multiple DroneSentry fixed site detect-and-defeat systems from an undisclosed European government.

Australian Aviation reported in June how DroneShield’s products were proving “quite effective” against Russian tech in Ukraine.

The business has been providing its products as part of a military aid contract, separate from the official Australian government aid.

Speaking on the use of drones in warfare, DroneShield chief executive Oleg Vornik told Sky News, “Drones, and small drones, in particular, were used in the … Armenia Azerbaijan conflict and the Syrian conflict.

“But interestingly, drones stayed off the front pages in those conflicts until the Ukrainian conflict came along and drones were front and centre.”

Now drones have become an integral part of a combined arms strategy that uses them for short- and long-range surveillance, dropping explosive payloads, tracking troop movements, and even jamming enemy communications.

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