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ATLAS hosts the first aerial demonstration in Spain of an anti-drone security system to detect and neutralize danger threats

The initiative was framed within the European project ALADDIN, in which CATEC participates along with 17 other partners from nine countries

The CATEC´s ATLAS Experimental Flight Center of Villacarrillo (Jaén) hosted a day of tests with unmanned aerial systems (drones) at the beginning of February,

in which they carried out the first demonstration in Spain of an innovative detection and neutralization system to face the possible threats of danger of this type of aerial vehicles. The initiative was framed within the European project ALADDIN, funded by the Horizon 2020 program, and involving 18 partners from nine European countries, including Spain.

The objective of this project is to study, design, develop and evaluate a set of innovative technologies to create a detection, location and neutralization system for drones that allows their application in the field of security, specifically for use in facilities such as airports, transport stations, ports, or other critical infrastructure, as well as for use by the Security Forces, coastguards, emergency professionals or operators of government facilities (ministries, parliaments, prisons, etc.).

The ultimate goal is to develop a system of anti-drone technologies, through the application of various functionalities, thus improving security and the use of tools for the operational support of State security bodies and other critical infrastructure operators.

In the project, in which CATEC participates, ALADDIN partners carried out integration tests and flight tests in the ATLAS center that were completed with the final demonstration, which was attended by more than 80 entities and users interested in the application of these new technologies.

Among these tests, in addition, the first drone experiments in our country  were carried out under an exception authorized by the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), which involved developing test flights at night and without lights, in order to provide a greater reality to threat scenarios with malicious drones.