Counter Drone Tech Firm Fortem Partners with Mikuni to Bring its Technology to Japan

By Miriam McNabb, October 7th, 2020  Read on→

Japan has had a love – hate relationship with drones since the commercial drone sector began to grow several years ago.   Now, counter drone technology firm Fortem partners with Mikuni Corporation to provide Japanese clients concerned about drone intrusions with it’s SkyDome and DroneHunter systems.

The former prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, stated that drones were part of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” – and vowed that Japan would not be left behind.  When it comes to commercial drone laws, Japan has made major strides to support the industry – getting in early on setting up testing zones and working to facilitate applications like drone delivery.  At the same time, however, the country practically banned all recreational drones in 2015, after a drone operator deposited a small amount of radioactive material on the roof of the prime minister’s home in order to demonstrate the prime minister’s vulnerability: police strictly regulate drone flights in parks and public places.

That’s why the Fortem Mikuni partnership makes sense.  Mikuni Corporation are the experts in providing technology trade to Japan. “The goal of this partnership is to provide enhanced security for civilian events as well as for critical infrastructure across Asia,” says a Fortem press release. “Fortem’s SkyDome® System is an end to end counter UAS solution that detects and classifies threats and can then mitigate them autonomously with its interceptor drone, the DroneHunter®. The heart of the Fortem SkyDome System is TrueView® radar, a compact, AI-enabled, networkable radar designed to perform in urban environments as well as the complex terrain throughout Japan.”

“We live in a world where basic hobby drones can be easily manipulated to deliver harmful payloads,” said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. “In Mikuni, Fortem has a partner that will continue to ship the SkyDome System and DroneHunter, specifically designed for the vast urban areas of Japan and other parts of Asia that cause other solutions to fail due to the complexity of the terrain or highly congested environments. We look forward to working together to provide the most advanced airspace security in the world.”

“We conducted a deep analysis of the many counter-drone security providers out there,” said executive Jun Suzuki, of Mikuni Corporation. “Fortem’s radar-based SkyDome System outperforms RF detection systems and many others that cannot detect drones that do not emit a signal. It was important to us to identify a security provider that would be able to detect and mitigate dangerous drones even when no operator is present, and without causing collateral damage. We look forward to partnering with Fortem and increasing the security and safety of people in our country.”

Mikuni is working with Fortem Technologies to help with the seamless operation of exporting numerous security and defense solutions to customers in Japan.

About Fortem Technologies

Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility. Based in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the company is privately held and backed by Boeing, DCVC, Mubadala Investment Company, Signia Venture Partners and others.

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