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US Air Force launches first automated drone-based perimeter security system


According to a video released by the U.S. Air Force on December 17, 2020, the 60th Security Forces Squadron of U.S. Air Force, in collaboration with Easy Aerial, a leading provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions, launched the first automated quadcopter drone-based perimeter security system for the U.S. Air Force.

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S Air Force launches first automated drone based perimeter security system 925 001 The 60th Security Forces Squadron, in collaboration with Easy Aerial, a leading provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions, launched the first automated drone-based perimeter security system for the United States Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 11, 2020. (Picture source US Air force video footage)


The video published by the U.S. Air Force shows a Falcon Drone manufactured by the American company Easy Aerial launched the Easy Guard ground station. Easy Guard is a mobile, durable and self-sustaining ground station that charges the Falcon Drone (35-45 minutes for a full charging cycle) and provides comprehensive weather protection.

The Easy Guard is equipped with an internal battery that is chargeable by any power generator. The Falcon Drone charges directly from the internal battery without any human intervention. Operating commands of the Easy Guard are communicated through radio, cellular, or satellite communication (via iridium network), according to our clients’ needs and requirements.£

GPS technology guides the Falcon Drone to the proximity of the Easy Guard. Then, an infrared guiding system integrated into the Falcon Drone precisely lands the drone into the Easy Guard. Finally, a patented mechanical element on the surface of the launchpad rotates the Falcon Drone to an exact position for charging.

The Falcon Drone is a quadcopter drone based on a strong, durable and lightweight carbon fiber frame that can carry a payload up to 2 kg including cameras, projector lights or speakers. The drone has a flight time with payload of up to 45 minutes with FLIR duo thermal camera mounted on a gimbal. It can fly at a maximum range of up to 14 km in one flight.

The small unarmed aircraft initiative redefines on-base perimeter security systems to potentially advance warfighting capabilities, enhance strategic deterrence and foster full-spectrum readiness across the Air Force.

Upon receiving a security trigger, such as a fence alarm, fire alarm or other distress call, the Smart Air Force Monitoring System can be programmed to automatically deploy from its base station and autonomously navigate to the triggered site to provide complete, unparalleled situational awareness. After mission completion, the small unarmed aircraft autonomously returns to its base station, where it recharges and waits for its next mission.

The small unarmed aircraft initiative is part of the Small Business Innovation Research Phase II program, which adheres to Air Force perimeter security and situational awareness operational requirements.