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22 Oct 2021

Obsidian Counter Drone Solutions

  • Obsidian Counter Drone Solutions
  • Obsidian Counter Drone Solutions
Obsidian Counter Drone Solutions Obsidian Counter Drone Solutions

At QinetiQ, we have been researching the drone threat and developing Counter Drone capability for over six years. Critically, we believe that radar is the most threat-agnostic drone sensor, requiring no specific communications signals to intercept, and requiring no threat library maintenance, which can reduce system effectiveness between updates. Radar is also a reliable technology against non-standard drones which are unlikely to be included in threat libraries.


Obsidian utilises a purpose-designed 3D staring radar, proving both high accuracy 3D position information and a high update rate (0.5s) – unlike scanning radars which can take several seconds to update. Using this accurate and timely threat location, we can automatically set on a range of other sensors (eg cameras) and effectors (eg Jammers, nets) saving time, and cost.

Track and Identify
As soon as a threat is detected Obsidian continuously monitors its location, setting on a high resolution day/night camera for visual confirmation. The use of ‘micro-Doppler’ radar techniques to detect drone rotor blades and Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to the camera image also provide high confidence of the nature of the threat, minimising false alarms and maintaining business/mission continuity.

Obsidian’s highly accurate and timely 3D position updates uniquely allow rapid set-on of drone defeat options, allowing them to be precisely targeted, whilst maximising safe operation. QinetiQ’s approach allows us to work with our customers and partners to provide a range of services and solutions to mission-critical operational requirements.


  • Communications
  • Cyber
  • Drones | UAV | Counter UAV
  • Radar




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