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Army extends deal with New York company for technology to battle small drones

By MARK WEINER | Syracuse Media Group | Published: January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Army has awarded SRC Inc. of Cicero, New York, a $22 million contract for technology that counters small, low-flying drones on the battlefield.

The contract extends by six months a previous Army agreement with SRC for its counter-drone technology worth $108 million.

SRC’s mobile systems use radar, cameras, jamming technology and other sensors to help the Army detect, track, identify and defeat hostile drones.

The Pentagon considers small, slow and low-flying drones an emerging threat to U.S. forces around the world because they are difficult to detect and can evade radar.

An Army assessment found that more than 600 types of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, were in use in more than 80 countries. The Islamic State also used small, low-flying drones in battles with U.S.-allied forces in Iraq and Syria.

SRC, a not-for-profit research and development company, has sold its counter-drone systems to the Army and Air Force since 2017.

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