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Small armed unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming increasingly threatening to countries around the world, especially when they are loaded with explosives. New smart anti-drone munitions offer a safe and cost-effective means to neutralize these threats and even cope with drone swarms.
The non-lethal munitions are surface-to-air and air-to-air self-guided missiles are a new class of smart “fire and forget” projectiles that will give the Military, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement the ability to deal with threatening unmanned aerial vehicles.
SmartRounds has been issued a US patent “Non-Lethal Smart Weapons with Computer Vision” for these munitions.
SAVAGE “Smart Anti-Vehicle Aerial Guided Engagement” missiles are 40mm counter-UAV munitions that can be fired from the company’s custom multi-tube ground launcher or another UAV at high velocity and equipped with computer vision object detection and target tracking.
The long range guided missile impacts the enemy drone with enough kinetic energy to disable or destroy it.
The missile is equipped with a parachute to safely return to the ground for reuse. SRI’s proprietary computer vision algorithms along with an electro-optical sensor allows the missile to follow the target after it leaves the launcher by adjusting the missile’s aerodynamics and changing its direction. This ensures that the projectile will reach its target even if the UAV is moving at high speed.
AI algorithms give multiple SAVAGE missiles the ability to communicate with each other in flight to maximize their effectiveness in dealing with a drone swarm, according to newswire.com.