Cutting-Edge technology by Controp to combat drones

Controp Precision Technologies Ltd., specialising in electro-optics and IR defence and homeland security solutions has designed cutting-edge systems for integration into a variety of counter-drone systems. With contemporary drones sometimes as small as the palm of one’s hand, their detection, classification and interception is a significant challenge for defence and homeland security (HLS) officials. Once the drone has been detected, the challenge is to classify the threat with pinpoint accuracy, facilitating efficient activation of counter measures, whether jamming, interception or neutralisation. New counter-drone capabilities have been implemented in a variety of Controp’s systems, such as the Speed-ER system, which provides for extremely long-range operations and the SIGHT system for mobile vehicular use, while new software provides for drone identification, classification and tracking.

Suitable for installation on stationary locations or for mobile and deployed applications, the systems are slewed to the area in which a drone has been detected and can track, automatically classify and identify the smallest of drones, at distances of up to several kilometres. Ideal for use in urban environment as well as airports and other strategic facilities, the multi-spectral systems incorporate day and thermal sensors, as well as Shortwave Infra-Red (SWIR) sensors. Controp is now offering its new software for drone classification, enabling automatic classification of drones in the video image. The advanced image-processing algorithms were specifically developed to meet challenging anti-drone scenarios, with an interface that is compatible and easy to integrate into command and control systems, and can be customised to meet the operator’s exact requirements.

For future tactical mission requirements, Controp has crafted STAMP payloads called T-Stamp- XD for laser-designation missions, and the Stamp-VMD for wide-area persistent surveillance. These lightweight, ruggedised gyro-stabilised miniature payloads have been operationally proven in the most challenging security and defence programmes worldwide.

MD-STAMP is the newly-released laser-designator capability for small UAVs and drones, which is the latest product in the STAMP family of miniature payloads. Weighing less than 1kg, this compact laser-designation surveillance and targeting system closes the sensor-to-shooter cycle for tactical missions, while supporting ammunitions with laser humming seekers. The MD-Stamp has been designed for use on drones and on small Group 1 UAVs, and is a miniature version of the T-Stamp-XD.

On the other hand, Stamp-VMD is a wide-area persistent surveillance system that provides real-time monitoring of areas spanning up to 1km, at high resolution. Designed for installation on Group 1 UAVs and drones, this compact payload weighs only 1.3kg and can fly under the cloud ceiling at 1,500 ft. 

Though both T-Stamp-XD and the Stamp-VMD can be used and deployed individually but combining these two systems provides an all-inclusive unified solution for laser-guided munitions, facilitating better decision making, more efficient battle management and accurate assessment of mission success

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Nitin Konde is a freelance journalist with an experience of more than a decade. Being a freelancer, he has covered various domains in his field such as Sports, Biotechnology, Defence etc. and has been associated with brands like The Times of India, Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review Magazines. Since the last three years he has been focusing and writing extensively on the defence sector, he is here to share his expertise with our readers on AviatorsBuzz.