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Dedrone Buys Battelle’s Counter-UAS Tech, Forms Defense Business

Jeff Brody

Dedrone has acquired the rights to a counter-small unmanned aerial system from Battelle and established a consultancy business unit to offer sUAS detection and mitigation support to the Department of Defense.

The San Francisco-based anti-drone technology maker said Tuesday it purchased DroneDefender intellectual property and assets to support the creation of Dedrone Defense, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and aims to help the DoD and other government agencies secure critical assets from drone threats.

Both companies unveiled a partnership in August 2017 to explore approaches of integrating UAS and counter-drone systems to help protect military infrastructure. Dedrone completed a demonstration of DroneDefender during a U.S. Special Operations Command and SOFWERX-hosted event last year.

Joerg Lamprecht, co-founder and CEO of Dedrone, said the company is proud to integrate DroneDefender into its counter-sUAS portfolio focused on airspace analysis, asset protection and sUAS elimination.

Lou Von Thaer, president and CEO of Battelle and a 2019 Wash100 awardee, said the nonprofit developed DroneDefender “to meet an urgent need” and is proud to see its integration into Dedrone’s technology portfolio.

The system uses sensors to collect data from wifi, non-wifi and radio frequency-based sUAS before transmitting information to command-and-control systems. Its point-and-shoot mechanism has a potential range of 0.24 miles.

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