Last week, a U.S. task force founded by the Airports Council International North America Political Action Committee (Airport Pac) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, suggested the acceleration of drone ID technology that allows drone users to broadcast their identities. This request stemmed from the increase in drone disruptions at airports.

The number of drone sightings at airports has increased substantially over the last two years, causing major safety concerns. Often these drones are being operated by hobbyists who want nothing more than to capture the perfect photograph. However, on occasion these drones are being operated by state sponsored adversaries and terrorists with malicious intent. The need to identify the drone is crucial in helping the operator characterize the threat. Although drone ID technology is beneficial, most operators, whether hobbyists or state sponsored adversaries, will choose not to broadcast their identities, making the need for external drone identification imperative.

The CM202U is a powerful and proven optical system that provides accurate and reliable drone identification from 3km in daylight and 2km at night. The optic shows vital information on the drone, such as whether or not the drone has been modified with weapons. This information helps the operator make informed decisions when responding to a hostile drone and speeds up the decision making process. With built in smart features, the CM202U provides reliable tracking, classification and location of one or multiple drones. The CM202U is a crucial component of counter UAS missions, where positive identification is required. The CM202U optic is integrated in dozens of X-MADIS CUAS systems to provide superior anti drone protection for fixed site and on-the-move missions. 

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