X-MADIS Wins Prize at SOFWERX ThunderDrone RPE III

SPARKS, Nev., July 10, 2018 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partners, Ascent Vision and RADA Technologies, won a prize for their X-MADIS drone defeat system at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration last month at Nellis Air Force Base.

X-MADIS (eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System) exceled at every stage of the exercise, proving it could provide solutions to a wide range of threats. X-MADIS counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared equipment is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle. It can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS on the move or while in a stationary position to protect airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.

“We are very proud of the SNC team and our partners for this achievement for X-MADIS,” said Greg Cox, SNC’s senior vice president of business development. “The exercise performance validates our already-proven Counter-UAS technology, which is operationally deployed with a Department of Defense customer. X-MADIS has unmatched capabilities and system performance that is designed to protect high-end infrastructure. We appreciate SOFWERX and U.S. Special Operations Command for putting on the exercise.”

The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events, also known as “Game of Drones,” began in June 2017. More than 450 technological capabilities aimed to tackle sea-, land-, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and associated data science applications. ThunderDrone RPE III was the culmination of the events.

The exercise was formally evaluated by a government assessment team. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command, created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into warfighter hands.

For more information, see the SOFWERX website.

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