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Verus Research Stops UAS with Microwaves

Jan. 5, 2022
By testing with their EMITTERS capabilities, Verus Research will provide the U.S. Army with 3D imaging of the direct and side effects of HPM directed-energy weapons.

The U.S. Army has signed Verus Research to a one-year, $450,000 task project to develop high-power-microwave (HPM) weapons capable of battling unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The task project is in addition to an existing test and evaluation non-kinetic (TEN-K) contract to enhance directed energy system-placement analysis (DESPA) capability for testing and analysis of directed energy technology based on HPM sources. Verus Research’s electromagnetic interactive tool for test and evaluation of radio-frequency systems (EMITTERS) will help determine the viability of different counter-UAS efforts based on HPM directed-energy weapons.

Grady Patterson, chief executive officer (CEO) of Verus Research (Albuquerque, NM), said: “We are honored to perform this new work under our existing agreement with the U.S. Army to provide quick reaction capabilities that will address threats posed by opposing unmanned aircraft systems.”  Patterson added: “As HPM systems begin to make their way into the battlespace, it will be increasingly important to quickly assess how well these systems will perform and identify any hazards they may pose. The solutions that we create will absolutely matter because they will be key to ensuring safe and effective operation of these new systems.”

Through testing, Verus Research will use EMITTERS to create three-dimensional (3D) views of the outdoor effects of HPM weapons based on predefined operating conditions and scenarios (see the figure). The testing will help determine collateral damage and hazard zones resulting from the use of HPM weapons.

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