The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence have conducted the Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Technical Interoperability Exercise 2022 (TIE22) at Vredepeel, Netherlands.

More than 250 participants and 90 visitors joined the live-testing counter-drone drill.

Over 30 companies and organizations showcased their C-UAS innovations during the live test.

During the exercise, attendees also addressed the commercial and recreational use of drones and the new challenges they present for airspace security.

TIE22 is part of NCI Agency efforts to construct artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning-powered counter-drone technologies to detect unauthorized UAS in alliance airspace.

This year, the exercise aimed to improve the communication and cooperation of C-UAS methods among NATO nations.

Agency experts and participants also addressed interoperability standards between commercial systems specialized in counter-drone operations.

Counter-Drone Prototypes Deployed

Through developments applied from its previous iteration, TIE22 saw the deployment of two drone-detecting prototypes: the ARTEMIS and the DroID (Drone Identification System).

The prototypes serve as assets to help the agency gain more knowledge about “the technology being used in the market and support NATO’s evolving requirements,” according to NCI Agency.

“DroIDs is the Agency’s prototype and it uses machine learning technologies to detect and identify drones without extracting features manually,” NCI Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Counter-Drone Activities Lead Cristian Coman said.

“Through the new innovations tested at this exercise, the Agency sends the message of TIE22— that C-UAS’s shall be integrated with existing air defence in order to guarantee NATO’s airspace remains safe.”

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Further discussions regarding AI and machine learning integration into C-UAS will be held at the upcoming three-day NATO Edge 2022 conference.