Fortem reaches phase two of US Army’s xTechSearch 5 programme

By Sam Lewis, May 21, 2020  Read on→

Fortem Technologies’ F700 DroneHunter counter-UAV technology has impressed the US Army enough to prompt it to advance Fortem to the next stage of its xTechSearch 5 programme.

The xTechSearch 5 competition sees technology companies pitted against one another, all vying for a contract with the US Army.

The contract will see the successful companies collaborate with the Army in tackling challenges to national security, defense and public safety, using innovative technologies developed within the private sector.

Fortem specialises in counter-drone solutions.

Its F700 DroneHunter is an autonomous interceptor drone equipped with the ability to deliver radio frequency (RF) and directed energy weapons countermeasures to small unmanned aircraft systems.

Meanwhile, the xTechSearch competitions were launched in 2018 and are sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.

Fortem believes the DroneHunter 700’s past successes will stand it in good stead during the competition.

These include being tested by the likes of NATO and the US Department of Defense, as well as a $10 million (£8.2 million) contract with an undisclosed foreign police force.

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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