Camgian Microsystems has secured a US Army contract to develop related technologies to prevent unmanned aircraft system (UAS) incursions.

The move was announced by US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The $6.9m contract was awarded by the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Center. It requires Camgian to advance with the development of its counter-UAS solution.

It carries a two-year term, with work set to be carried out in Mississippi.

Senator Hyde-Smith said: “Unmanned aircraft system advances have had important and positive implications for our national security and other sectors of our lives. Those positives also come with new risks and dangers.

“This contract gives Camgian an important mission to improve how the army can detect, track, and stop UAS threats.

“It’s great that this technology was developed in Mississippi and could be applied to our national security capabilities.”

Founded in 2006, Camgian Microsystems focuses on delivering advanced sensing and information processing platforms.

Commenting on the contract-award, Camgian chairman and CEO Dr Gary Butler said: “We are grateful for the continued support of Senator Hyde-Smith and our congressional delegation.

“We are committed as a company to solving this critical problem for our warfighters and are leveraging advanced technologies in artificial intelligence and software to combat adversarial drone threats on the battlefield.”

Last year, a US Army research unit developed a sensor to enable small drones to detect energised power lines and avoid collisions.

The technology will help UAS adjust flight paths and navigate through electrical power lines without hitting them.