At the Dubai Airshow 2023, russian state company Rosoboronexport is showcasing its latest automated system designed to counter small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The new system targets FPV drones, quadcopters, and aircraft-type drones, it is intended for deployment by specialized anti-UAV squads. The company's CEO Alexander Mikheev also previously stated that the development has already been tested in combat conditions.
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Central to this system is the 1L122-1E portable radar station, operating in the L-band. It can detect aerial targets at distances ranging from 1 to 40 km, with an altitude coverage of up to 10 km and accuracy within 100 m. The radar provides data updates every 2–4 seconds, the errors in azimuth and elevation angles are no greater than 0.5° and 1.5°, respectively.
Information from the radar is transmitted via a radio channel to the "portable module of automated control from the set of technical tools of the KTS AU." Essentially, this module is a tablet operated by the anti-drone unit commander. The maximum distance one can take this portable module away from the radar is 5 km.
Rosoboronexport notes that the automation is of aiming at the aerial target is provided by the radar operator's individual kit: specialized HUD goggles, a headset, and communication devices.
Target data is then relayed to the means of destruction or suppression, with the 9K333 Verba man-portable anti-aircraft missile system being the primary weapon. The Verba system can engage targets within ranges of 500 to 6,000 m and altitudes of 10 to 3,500 m (according to Rosoboronexport).
Considering that the 1L122 radar is a standard element of the 9K333 Verba system, the only novelty of this new system lies in its "high level of automation" and integration of alternative weapons — diverse portable C-UAS jammers.
For example, at the exhibition in the UAE, the russians demonstrated their system paired with the Argument-2 anti-drone gun, effective at disrupting navigation channels within a 2.1 km range and control channels at up to 1.1 km.