East African customer acquires SKYLOCK counter-UAV systems


An unidentified customer in East Africa has acquired SKYLOCK’s counter-drone system for use on vehicles.

British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel announced it had signed a contract with Israeli Counter-UAS solution provider SKYLOCK to provide swift delivery of Silent Sentinel’s Jaegar Ranger 225 uncooled LWIR (long wave infrared), and Jaegar Searcher 700 cooled MWIR (medium wave infrared) thermal camera platforms for use by an East African government, with a delivery time of six weeks.

The Jaeger Ranger camera is a component of SKYLOCK’s counter-UAV portfolio, which also includes radars, jammers and radio frequency detectors.

“In order to fulfil an unprecedented immediate operational requirement, Silent Sentinel will provide a Jaegar Ranger 225 LWIR uncooled thermal camera as well as a Jaegar Searcher 700 cooled MWIR thermal camera. The Jaegar Pan and Tilt unit (PTU) will form part of both systems,” Silent Sentinel said on 19 May.

“The cameras will be mounted on vehicles and are well suited to drone detection missions. The Jaegar’s unique through-shaft allows a radar to sit above the PTU [pan/tilt unit] enabling uninterrupted 360° continuous rotation, ideal for drone detection and tracking applications.

“The radar will be supplied by Observation Without Limits and C-UAS software provided by MyDefence, a subsidiary of SKYLOCK,” Silent Sentinel said. SKYLOCK is part of the Israeli Avnon Group.

The Jaegar has a rapid release mechanism that allows for a range of interchangeable payloads to be mounted on the PTU. The Jaegar is IP67-rated meaning that its ruggedized housing will ensure high performance even in the harsh conditions of East Africa. Suitable for mobile and vehicle-mounted applications, the Jaegar’s through-shaft allows the camera to continuously rotate through 360°, offering effective long-range detection of small aerial targets whilst the vehicle is travelling over rough terrain.

James Longcroft, Sales Director at Silent Sentinel said: “This contract represents an opportunity to showcase the durability and accuracy of the Jaegar camera in Counter-UAS operations, as well as the agility and efficiency of Silent Sentinel in delivering the system despite such an unusually quick turnaround. This vehicle-mounted C-UAS solution is indicative of Silent Sentinel’s position as a supplier of versatile threat detection in a broad range of climates and conditions.”

Ofer Kashan, CTO of SKYLOCK said: “This first phase of delivery required an agile supplier with the ability to provide versatile and durable equipment within a short timeframe, and we are pleased to announce this partnership with Silent Sentinel, whose high-performance systems will operate seamlessly alongside our Counter-UAS expertise to meet the unique needs of our customer in this harsh environment.”