DroneShield’s US subsidiary has been selected by the US Army for Phase II of the Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) programme.

US Army’s xTechSearch programme is an effort aimed at engaging private sector companies. Businesses are encouraged to offer technology solutions and novel concepts to the army.

The programme aims at providing opportunities for small business to join forces with the army to help solve critical modernisation challenges.

DroneShield has been selected for its artificial intelligence / machine learning algorithms. They are used within its drone detection products such as RfPatrol, RfZero, RfOne, DroneSentinel and DroneSentry.

Under Phase II of the programme, selected firms are required to pitch their proposed solutions and a proof-of-concept demonstration. If selected, the contestants will receive prize money and will be invited to attend Phase III.

DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said: “The US Department of Defense (US DoD) has substantially the largest defence budget globally.

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“Collaboration activities such as xTechSearch enable opportunities to be embedded into their ecosystem, with potential significant acquisitions following, as the US DoD seeks effective counter-drone solutions. This selection demonstrates the cutting edge of DroneShield’s technologies on a global scale.”

The xTechSearch programme is sponsored by the US Army’s Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA (ALT)).

It provides a platform for companies to interact with the department of army officials, industry partners and academia, and make efficient use of the available resources, thereby opening a new window of possibilities.

In addition, the xTechSearch programme will integrate the selected private sector companies into the army’s science and technology ecosystem.