DIU Supports Black Dart 2019 Evaluation of C-UAS Technology
September 17, 2019
Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) supported a number of Department of Defense organizations in evaluating component technology during Black Dart 2019, a joint, interagency demonstration focusing on rapid development and implementation of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) technology from readily-available commercial and governmental vendors. Sixteen C-UAS systems employing technologies to detect, classify, identify, and track small UAS were evaluated during the event.

The objectives of Black Dart include:
  • assessing and validating existing and emerging air and missile defense capabilities and concepts specific to the C-UAS mission set;
  • advocating for soldiers' desired C-UAS capabilities; and
  • informing future requirements decision making.
These objectives are in direct response to the explosive growth of the commercial drone industry and the emerging, complex threats UAS pose to military service members, high-security installations, and critical infrastructure.

DIU strengthens our national security by increasing the adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and growing the national security innovation base.


Black Dart 2019: Participating Vendors Selected by DIU*
  • D-Fend Solutions; EnforceAir c-UAS platform
    • D-Fend Solutions is a leading provider of counter-drone solutions. EnforceAir c-UAS is an advanced autonomous system that automatically and passively detects, locates, and identifies rogue drones as well as mitigates risk by taking control over them and landing them safely at a pre-defined safe zone.   
  • Dedrone
    • Dedrone is the market and technology leader in airspace security. The Dedrone counter-drone platform combines hardware sensors and machine-learning software, providing early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats. Based in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors including Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures. 
  • MyDefence
    • MyDefence is an OEM technology company specializing in C-UAS products and emerging technology integration. MyDefence offers a layered RF detect and defeat solution for static, man-portable, and mobile platforms. These solutions are modular, scalable, flexible, and able to adapt independently, or integrate into other existing network architectures.
  • Photon-X
    • Photon-X's current system uses a passive single Spatial Phase Image (SPI) sensor mounted on a gimbal and is used to track and identify drones past 1km. This system can identify the drone, provide a range to target, and determine global coordinates of the drone. The system works above and below the horizon including cluttered urban environments. The system capabilities include the ability to simultaneously track and identify multiple drones. The system is scalable to see farther if required. Due to the small, passive nature of the sensor, it can be easily integrated into other systems. Future capabilities will include payload detection, too. 
  • Sensofusion; AIRFENCE counter-UAS solution
    • Sensofusion is the creater of AIRFENCE, a countermeasure technology designed to automatically detect, locate, track, and take over unmanned aircraft system (UAS) controls. In addition, AIRFENCE can GPS locate operators' remote control as well as locate the original home position from which the UAS launched. Sensofusion currently partners with the U.S. DoD, the European Union, NATO, the FAA, and the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems. 
  • SkySafe; MM2 C-UAS System
    • SkySafe provides complete RF-based drone detection, identification, tracking, and mitigation for military and government customers. Built on deep signals analysis and threat data, SkySafe monitoring provides airspace operators insight into the presence of both friendly and hostile drone activity. Additionally, SkySafe is the largest provider of forensics capabilities for recovered drones, completing the full cycle of drone incident response. 
  • WhiteFox; DroneFox
    • DroneFox is an omni-directional sUAS detection, identification, and mitigation system. DroneFox scans the environment for radio frequency (RF) signals being transmitted by an sUAS and/or its controller and provides the user with the capability to detect, identify, and mitigate sUAS supported in the DroneFox library. 

*All vendors were selected collaboratively by DIU and DoD entities. This vendor list includes only organizations that have approved public release of their participation.