Netherlands Arms Up with Israeli Counter-Drone Tech

In an era where drone usage is increasingly common, the is stepping up its counter-drone defense game. The country has sealed a $55 million deal with 's Elbit Systems to beef up its aerial security.

Recent wars, like the ongoing conflict between and Ukraine, have seen drones play a significant role. Thus, this purchase by the Netherlands signals a proactive move to stay prepared.

Elbit's role? Over the next four years, they'll be arming the European nation with their advanced ReDrone counter-unmanned aerial system technology.

As the Dutch Defense Ministry highlighted, this high-tech equipment is set to be stationed at the nation's air bases and the Den Helder naval port. The goal? To provide robust protection against drones weighing up to 44 pounds. Beyond military applications, the ministry conveyed that these systems are also pivotal for safeguarding vital non-military assets.

Specifically, they stated that “the counter-UAS systems help to protect the armed forces units and the main weapons systems from enemy action, and can also be used to protect essential non-military infrastructure and processes in the Netherlands.”

It's worth noting that Israel maintains a neutral stance in the Russia- war, offering only humanitarian support to Ukraine. But they aren't restricting local defense companies from doing business with NATO members, a group that backs Ukraine.

A deeper dive into the ReDrone system reveals its sophisticated components. Elbit is equipping the Dutch with a combination of their DAiR radar, signal intelligence sensors, and a COAPS-L electro-optical payload.

These elements deliver a top-tier aerial defense and electronic attack system, all steered by a unified control setup. The system's specialty? It can sever a drone's link with its pilot and disrupt its GPS.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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