Under the acronym JEY-CUAS – which stands for “Joint European System for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems – the European Union will invest no less than 15 million euros in the development of a new generation of anti-drone measures, also referred to as counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS). A total of 38 organizations from 14 Member States are participating in the program.
EU invests €15 million in Europe-wide anti-drone project
The JEY-CUAS program will run for two years. The objective is to develop methods and techniques with which (undesirable) drones can be detected, identified, tracked, and combatted. These measures can then be implemented in due course by the various European member states.
The total budget is 15 million euros. The European Union contributes 13.5 million euros to this, the rest has to be paid by the individual member states. 38 organizations from 14 Member States are participating in the project. This includes two Dutch organizations, namely Delft Dynamics and TNO.
New Generation C-UAS System
Many details have not been disclosed about the European counter UAS project. For the time being, we have to make do with the following description from the project announcement:
“The “Joint European system for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems” (JEY-CUAS) project will advance system and subsystem level technologies to develop a new generation C-UAS system based on a modular and flexible plug’n’play architecture to meet the emerging challenge of micro and mini drones increasingly used for defense purposes. The solution will help improve situational awareness and responsiveness to overcome the growing resilience of drones to first-generation C-UAS systems to keep pace with emerging LSS (Low, Small, Slow) threats from the ground. air and shorten the minimum response time.”
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Cover photo: an anti-drone gun of the Italian army.