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Frequentis and Hensoldt have signed a letter of intent to intensify cooperation on integrated counter-drone solutions for airports. Frequentis brings in mature components in the areas of unmanned traffic management (UTM)/ATM/drone detection, data fusion and exchange (MosaiX SWIM), shared situational awareness and ATM monitoring data automation (SDDS-NG, MSDF, PRISMA), inter-agency incident management (ICM) and operational requirements analysis (Control Room Consulting). Hensoldt will provide modules for detection, identification and mitigation from its own Xpeller CUAV system (Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System).

Currently, the two companies are contributing their competencies to the FALKE research project which aims to develop the blueprint solution for airport environments. In addition to Frequentis and Hensoldt, the FALKE project consortium includes the German Federal Police, German Air Traffic Control (DFS), Lufthansa, Hamburg Airport and the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. The project started with the creation of a demonstrator, which was built by integrating two systems of Frequentis and Hensoldt.

Furthermore, both companies jointly support the EUROCAE Working Group 115 for Counter UAVs. WG-115 was founded to develop standards that support the secure and harmonised implementation of counter UAVs in airport and ANSP systems.

Gerhard Heiming