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In a ten-day exercise led by the NATO Agency for Communication and Information (NCI Agency), the participants tested different drone defense systems under operational conditions. The live test event ran until November 12, 2021 in the Lieutenant General-Best barracks in Vredepeel / Netherlands, with the aim of ensuring that commercial systems from different NATO nations can work together to counter the threats posed by drones.

The NCI agency reports that around 70 systems were deployed during the exercise, including sensors, anti-drone devices called "effectors", command and control systems, and the sample drones that were supposed to act as "threats". The aim of the exercise was to increase technical standards of interoperability between commercial drone defense systems while improving NATO's ability to counter the potential threats posed by the malicious use of drones.

NATO-Interoperabilitätsübung zur Drohnenabwehr
Around 70 systems were used during the exercise. Source: NCIA

One system used during the exercise was the prototype ARTEMIS * from the NCI agency, which uses machine learning algorithms to detect and classify drones.

"ARTEMIS is a prototype system developed by the Agency's Technical Center for Combating Unmanned Aerial Systems," said Major General Göksel Sevindik, the NCI agency's chief of staff. "It is an essential tool in helping the agency understand the technology in use in the marketplace and identify areas where NATO would benefit from developing standards for UAS defense systems."

NATO-Interoperabilitätsübung zur Drohnenabwehr
NATO-Interoperabilitätsübung zur Drohnenabwehr

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