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Dedrone acquires counterdrone systems provider Aerial Armor

Dedrone has announced its acquisition of Aerial Armor, a counterdrone systems provider and integrator of drone detection hardware.

The move follows a series of developments at Dedrone, which says it has witnessed a “rapid increase in global demand” for drone detection and mitigation technology to protect airspace.

Dedrone-Aerial-Armor-23In its acquisition of Aerial Armor, the business is set to enable the company to better meet global airspace security needs as demand for protection continues to rise. Dedrone believes it has identified a period of “hyper growth” as counterdrone protection becomes integral for businesses, venues, events, governments and law enforcement, and says it is clear that counterdrone security is no longer taking a ‘backseat’.

Aerial Armor has built a counterdrone command and control (C2) platform that is said to have considerable synergy with DedroneTracker. Over time, Dedrone says it will leverage the best elements of both companies’ solutions, paving the way for “customers to easily implement a multi-sensor function, cUAS (counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems) command and control (C2) platform into their security infrastructure”.

As part of the acquisition, all Aerial Armor customer contracts will be honoured and all employees will be retained, including CEO Russ Haugan and CTO Matt Altman. Customers of each company will continue with no changes to their solutions in the near term.

“A deep understanding of the cUAS space”

“We have created a fantastic rapport with the team at Aerial Armor and are greatly impressed with their technology, expertise and the strong customer relationships they’ve built. As we come together under the Dedrone umbrella, we’re confident we will continue to find great synergies in our respective platforms and bring new innovations to market for our customers,” said Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone.

“All of our customers around the world will reap the benefits of our more powerful C2 cUAS system, powered by inputs from a multitude of sensors including radio frequency (RF), radars and cameras in a single UI.”

“I am thrilled to have Russ, Matt and the entire Aerial Armor team join Dedrone. We are constantly looking for the finest talent in the market and Aerial Armor provides one of the best groups of individuals with a deep understanding of the cUAS space. I have a lot of respect for the business they have built and am looking forward to building the best-of-breed solution for our customers.”

Russ Haugan, CEO of Aerial Armor, added: “The ever-increasing threats to airspace make it clear that the world needs a strong counterdrone C2 platform — point solutions will no longer be enough. Dedrone offers a like-minded team in its approach to the future of airspace security, which is why this acquisition is an important one for our 100+ customers and team to continue to deliver the best possible solution for airspace security against the persistent and escalating threat of drones.”

“Together, our strengths will continue to provide best-in-class service to the venues, airports, federal entities and law enforcement agencies that rely on us for truly secure airspace no matter the perimeter size.”


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