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DroneShield and Allen-Vanguard CUAS and Counter IED

DroneShield Texas DroneShield and Allen-VanguardCounter-drone firm DroneShield companions with counter IED firm Allen-Vanguard

By Jim Magill

DroneShield Limited, an Australian/US firm that produces and markets know-how to counter unmanned aerial techniques (UAS) and Allen-Vanguard, a US-owned supplier of techniques design to thwart improvised explosive units (IED), have teamed up in a partnership that mixes the 2 companies’ product-development and advertising efforts.

The 2 firms will discover synergies as they market their respective techniques to prospects within the navy, legislation enforcement and safety arenas, DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik stated in an interview. DroneShield and Allen-Vanguard share various prospects in widespread, such because the U.S. Division of Protection. “The identical individuals have a tendency to purchase counter-drone and counter-IED techniques,” Vornik stated.

Applied sciences employed by each firms are related in various methods. “For instance, one of many main methods of listening for drones alongside radar is radio frequency (RF) and lots of IEDs additionally get triggered by RF sign,” he stated. “The thought of jamming the drones and jamming the roadside explosives, it’s very a lot the identical theme by way of protection.”

The partnership will market to its prospects an built-in counter-UAS and counter-IED system. “That is fairly helpful as a result of it saves the shopper lots of problem from having to purchase (techniques) from two totally different locations and sew them collectively. We try this work for them,” Vornik stated.

On the business-development facet, the partnership will mix the worldwide distributions networks of the 2 dad or mum firms. “There are lots of people of their community who will probably be desirous about shopping for DroneShield gear, who we don’t have prepared entry so far. Equally, we’ve already had inquiries from our distributors who’re on the lookout for counter-IED,” he stated.

Initially, the partnership will concentrate on integrating the applied sciences of the 2 dad or mum firms.

“One of many widespread complaints from prospects is we’re promoting them simply one other field. They’ve 20 totally different packing containers, every doing its personal factor and prospects try to sew them collectively right into a mixed system,” Vornik stated. “What we and Allen-Vanguard can now present is a single system that does each counter-drone and counter-IED. That’s the first step.”

Down the street, step two for the partnership would possibly embody growing new anti-drone and anti-IED merchandise because the market demand adjustments. Not like within the firm’s early days, within the present safety atmosphere all of DroneShield’s product growth is finished in response to buyer inquiries, Vornik stated.

“Once we first started seven years in the past, it was very a lot us making an attempt to consider what made sense for the purchasers, as a result of the purchasers didn’t know for themselves,” he stated. “Now the market is rather more mature. We mainly have a want listing of options and capabilities that we get from our prospects.”

One space during which the marketplace for the partnership’s merchandise is quickly rising, is the deployment of anti-drone and anti-IED know-how by particular forces items of the navy, particularly these engaged in ahead deployments. “They’re in enemy territory the place they could have drones conducting surveillance or they could encounter roadside bombs,” Vornik stated.

Know-how corresponding to that developed by the DroneSheild/Allen-Vanguard partnership will doubtless play an growing position within the battle brewing in Jap Europe, the place all events appear to be working in a navy grey zone. “Conducting a warfare with out all the time wanting such as you’re conducting a warfare, that’s very a lot what appears to be occurring with this battle,” Vornik stated. “Whereas it’s extremely unlucky, we imagine that it’s very a lot feeding up into the capabilities that we and Allen-Vanguard provide.”

The partnership settlement between the 2 firms could be the preliminary step towards a full-scale merger of publicly listed DroneShield and privately owned Alan-Vanguard.

“By no means say by no means. This is a chance for each firms to grasp what we will do collectively,” Vornik stated. “Every part is on the desk. Culturally, there’s lots of match.”

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Jim Magill is a Houston-based author with virtually a quarter-century of expertise protecting technical and financial developments within the oil and fuel business. After retiring in December 2019 as a senior editor with S&P International Platts, Jim started writing about rising applied sciences, corresponding to synthetic intelligence, robots and drones, and the methods during which they’re contributing to our society. Along with DroneLife, Jim is a contributor to and his work has appeared within the Houston Chronicle, U.S. Information & World Report, and Unmanned Methods, a publication of the Affiliation for Unmanned Automobile Methods Worldwide.


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