BlackSage UASX Counter-UAS – Drone Jammer
Since 2011 we represent best-of-class manufacturer BlackSage in the domain of target tracking, now including counter drone jammer solutions. MSS Defence assists customers in defining operational parameters and supplying counter drone jammer solutions meeting budget and requirement.
When lives, safety and security are at stake, there’s no room for human error. Black Sage’s UASX drone jammer system uses automatic target classification, video tracking and threat prioritization to automate the CUAS detect-identify-defeat process and operate relentlessly, 24/7. Low SWaP sensors, camera systems and drone jammers combined with outstanding software delivers greater capability at significantly lower costs than competitive military systems.
BlackSage UASX fits into three ruggedized plastic cases and is lightweight enough to travel as checked luggage. When rapid deployment is necessary, the complete system is unpacked and set up in less than 30 minutes, saving valuable time and resources.
UASX stations are modular and enable scaled coverage across large geographic areas using existing point-to-point radios, cat5/6 or fiber networks. Radars, cameras and drone jammers are registered with a central hardware component and positioned according to unique requirements of the site. Multiple range capabilities are available to accommodate the needs of small sites and large campuses.
In a new defense paradigm which includes sUAS threats, coverage can no longer be considered in two dimensions alone. Threats that fly at altitude require new thinking and new systems designed from the ground up for detection, identification and defeat in 3D. Solid state radars configured for hemispherical volume coverage and intelligent 3D positioning algorithms are two of many ways UASX pushes this new paradigm forward.
Vehicle mounted counter-UAS systems enable extreme long range protection against UAS threats. Cockpit integrated command and control and rapidly deployable carbon-fiber mast and sensor payload make for a timely and rugged solution for forward operating bases and remote VVIP applications.
Detection – Radar
Active drone detection radars are used to detect UAS positions and provide a constant stream of characteristic data to the AI target classifier which trigger actions, effectors and alarms in the system.
Identification – Automatic
Automatic drone classification and video tracking are used for identification, enabling a fully automatic operation or an optional man in the loop to visually confirm craft and payload.
Defeat – Radiofrequency (RF) jammers
RF drone jammers are used to defeat UAS, disabling comms with GNSS satellites and operators. Illuminators and lasers are also available to deny imagery capture of sensitive sites.
Prosecution – Forensic evidence
When a UAS operator is charged criminally, forensics data with instant replay showing flight paths, aircraft characteristics and timestamps will ensure successful prosecution.
UASX – Technology
Video tracking empowers operators with the ability to automatically track long range targets and simultaneously direct other co-boresighted effectors such as jammers, lasers and illuminators to put energy precisely on target. The included gamepad controller is easy to learn and makes target tracking as easy as playing a video game. A portfolio of hand selectable tracking algorithms and a range of available camera systems are designed to accommodate nearly any aerial or ground target tracking application.
Positioners from numerous suppliers are supported out of the box, meet military specifications, allow fine motor control and are customized by Black Sage to support any of the following imagers: visible, low light, WDR, LWIR, MWIR, SWIR and more.
Six modes are available to accommodate tracking applications such as ground-to-air, air-to-ground, ground-to-ground and maritime. Algorithms include Dynamic Centroid, Hottest Spot, Dynamic Correlation, Video Motion Detection, Threshold Tracking and Edge Tracking.
Video target tracking is used to automatically track small, fast flying UAS at ranges exceeding 5km— limited only by the zoom capability of the camera system and atmospheric conditions. Contrast based display like the adjacent image from a cooled IR imager renders UAS as white hot, making them easy to track and allowing the operator to zoom in to inspect the airframe and payload.
Defense OS is the software platform developed by BlackSage to orchestrate and intelligently allocate defense assets. It’s interoperable and supports fusion of active and passive sensor data, target classification, precise pointing of sensors and effectors, threat prioritization, geofencing, track deconfliction, scaling of assets across large and disparate geographies, and much more.
Defense OS uses neural nets which are software appliances designed to recognize patterns in a way similar to the human brain. Neural nets are trained to recognize patterns in new target data and quickly determine the probability of a target belonging to one class or another.
Classification performance validation
Cross validation is the method for evaluating performance of the target classifier. When classification data is added to the system, a new classifier is generated and a five-fold 80/20 random sampling cross-validation occurs. Each validation step returns true and false positive rates and generates a receiver operating characteristic curve indicating objective classification performance. The performance from each of these steps is averaged and displayed to the operator in the DefenseOS dashboard.
Flexible attribute selection
Many target attributes are available from modern sensors including those that describe objects: width, height, latitude, longitude, velocity, acceleration, heading, surface area, displacement, and more. These make up a multidimensional signature of an object and are used by the classifier for pattern recognition. With the power of many available target attributes, operators can solve seemingly intractable false alarm problems by choosing exactly which are included to regulate classifier performance and behavior.
tactical & automatic
Disruptors or drone jammers are employed in several different form factors to provide flexibility across applications such as denying comms from IED remote detonators, taking control away from UAS operators, disrupting satellite signals and much more.
A positioner mounted drone jammer enables remote and computerized operation and is optionally integrated with larger systems for automatic pointing, and triggering of selective disruptor bands. Pan-tilts can be customized to support disruptors with up to 100W output power for extreme long range applications.
Our handheld tactical drone jammer is a lightweight, flexible and rapidly deployable platform for directional radio disruption. An AR15 training rifle base (non-ITAR) provides a familiar user interface requiring no learning curve to use. Pick up the rifle, select from multiple disruption frequencies and address the target with confidence.
Mounted on positioners, directional disruptors point automatically toward remote targets using position cues from radars, AI, and other sensors. Multiple positioners are networked together to automatically prioritize targets and divide tasks across all available nodes. Positioner mounted disruptors are optionally controlled by an operator — out of harm’s way — with a gamepad controller.