Aussie counter-drone solution goes to Southern Africa

Sydney-based drone technology company, Department 13 –D13 for short – has signed an agreement with a leading African aerospace company for distribution of its counter-unmanned aerial system (Counter-UAS) technology in the Southern African region.

The agreement signed between D13 and Skydrone Technologies provides a direct channel for African customers to access D13’s Mesmer technology – which uses signals analysis and information inspection to detect and mitigate risks from drones.

Department 13 CEO, Jonathan Hunter said the company’s solution is well-suited to Southern Africa, as the region is facing rapidly escalating threats from commercial and custom UAVs.

“This area is in immediate need of a Counter-UAS solution to meet the growing need of protection for both people and assets, providing sales opportunities to both private and public-sector customers. We are excited to work with the Skydrone team and leverage their expertise in drone technology within the region,” Hunter said.

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Skydrone Chief Executive, Darren Cornish, said the agreement will allow Skydrone to expand MESMER deployment across the region.

“The deal with D13 allows Skydrone to deepen its offering into Southern Africa’s heavy industrial and security sectors. With our expertise in the drone market, we have conducted extensive research on the companies offering Counter-UAS technology and it is clear that D13, and its Mesmer product are uniquely positioned with the most advanced capabilities,” he said.

Based in Maryland, Sydney, Department 13 was founded in 2010 by a team of former military operators, scientists and engineers who apply proprietary innovative advanced technology to emerging requirements.

D13’s Mesmer provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. The patented technology is built on open source software architecture. This ensures that Mesmer can be seamlessly integrated into existing security and surveillance systems.