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Spanish companies Indra, Escribano and TRC signed a partnership agreement on 3 June 2024 to develop a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) solution to meet the requirements of the Spanish armed forces.

The agreement provides for the formalisation of a joint venture between Escribano and Indra, with TRC partnering the latter.

The three companies have extensive C-UAS experience, having worked on operationally tested solutions for both the Spanish Air and Space Force (Indra’s CROW system to provide coverage for military bases and singular events) and the Spanish Army (for which Escribano and TRC are working on the Cervus project for vehicle-deployed devices), as well as solutions currently involving Indra and Escribano for the Spanish Navy.

Indra and Escribano have already worked together on C-UAS systems, such as those for the European Jey-CUAS project, the proposal for the overlapping BACO project set to begin in 2025 and their participation in the future European E-CUAS project, which will also be launched in 2025. Moreover, Indra and Escribano have formalised a joint venture for the development of a directed-energy laser weapon system to count unmanned aerial vehicles under the DIAL programme.

The three companies’ technologies and capabilities will thus be combined and integrated to provide a comprehensive C-UAS solution offering greater protection for the Spanish armed forces in the face of new battlefield threats.

The solution is intended to be adaptable for easy deployment and incorporation into land and naval platforms and to protect critical infrastructure.

Indra, Escribano and TRC first began discussions at the July 2022 NATO summit in Madrid, where the companies were selected to show their different C-UAS technologies.

Indra, Escribano and TRC, who all have C-UAS experience, are teaming to provide a comprehensive C-UAS solution for the Spanish armed forces. (Image: Indra, Escribano and TRC)