Dynetics, Inc. has been selected as a Phase 1 performer for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program. This program seeks to develop a range of technology advances to enable rapid detection, identification, tracking, and neutralization of adversary small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs)--all while mitigating collateral damage. The Phase 1 contract award is approximately $3 million over a six-month period.
In addition to serving as the system integrator, Dynetics has been developing counter-UAS technologies that could benefit MFP. One is the company's own GroundAware® radar, a ground-based perimeter surveillance system, and other novel technologies could help safely mitigate sUAS threats.
Dynetics Missile and Aviation division manager Mark Miller said, "We are excited about the opportunity to work with DARPA on reaching the goals of the MFP program. Our approach relies upon an outstanding team of subcontractors, both large and small, each of whom contributes unique capabilities and experience that is highly relevant to MFP objectives. This award emphasizes Dynetics' ability to assemble high-quality teams from industry with significant competitive advantages."
Separately, Dynetics has also advanced to Phase 2 of the DARPA Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable UASs--or "gremlins"--that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air.