An operational pilot programme has been launched employing SKYLORD drones to defend U.S. forces from various inbound aerial threats including hostile drones. This follows a joint R&D programme led by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) in the Israeli Ministry of Defence, together with Israeli company Xtend, and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), of the U.S. Department of Defence. As part of the pilot programme, several dozen SKYLORD systems will be employed by U.S. troops.
Ido Baron VP Business Development of Xtend, told ESD that by using an Augmented Reality device and single handed controller, a soldier can easily operate the SKYLORD system to control the drone and perform complex tasks remotely, with great ease and precision. Its interface enables the operator to “step into” a remote reality and engage targets effectively, yet safely. The VP added that the drone was designed and manufactured by the company. “We have proved its capabilities in Israel,” he said.
This operational pilot programme is the first step towards the widespread deployment of smart systems to U.S. forces, enabling them to perform complex tasks in the modern battlefield, while minimising risk. It is also one of the most significant and successful areas of cooperation between the DDR&D and its American partners, highlighting the crucial and extraordinary relations between the respective defence establishments.