The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System of IMI Systems protected thousands of participants in the lavish royal funeral ceremony of the former King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).
Ramat Hasharon, Israel, January 25th, 2018 – The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System of IMI Systems protected thousands of participants in the lavish royal funeral ceremony of the former King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), who passed away last year at the age of 88 after the world’s longest-reigning monarch, that lasted 70 years.
IMI Systems was one of the few companies, if not the only one, to enter the Thai Holy of Holies in a historical mission of national significance of protecting the various funeral events and ensuring a clean aerial security zone free from threats until the departure of the last guest of the five days’ ceremony, which was attended by senior members of the Thai royal family, quarter million Thais and representatives from 42 different countries around the world.
The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender System was purchased by the Thai Air Force a week before the funeral during the preparations for the ceremony. The system was operated throughout the various events by a Thai Air Force personnel and provided comprehensive protection against drones’ infiltration to the various funeral ceremonies held in the Bangkok’s Royal historical district as well as to the Thailand’s International Airport Don Muang, the airport arrivals and departures zone, the airport terminal and the VVIP area that hosted representatives from 42 delegations.
Upon acquiring the system, a dedicated Thai Air Force technicians team was trained by IMI System’s team of experts in operating the system. By the end of the training phase, the Thai Air Force held an Acceptance Test for 8 systems of local and international companies which competed in the tender. Among all the systems, the Red Sky 2 system of IMI Systems was the first to impressively pass the tests, showcasing highly effective results throughout the complex test scenarios.
As a result of the Red Sky 2 success, the Thai government asked the assistance of IMI Systems in the important national mission of protecting the expected royal funeral ceremonies.
During the funeral ceremonies, two alerts were received regarding attempts to activate drones. Both attempts were immediately neutralized by Red Sky 2 using an automatic blocking means that prevented the two threat scenarios from continuing their mission which was enabled by the system’s programming to zero false alarms.
After the funeral, the Thai commanders and managers recognized IMI Systems for its effective integration in protecting the various events.
Following this success, IMI Systems was invited to provide protection against drones mission at the International Thai Navy event, “The Royal Thai NAVY International fleet Review”, led by the Prime Minister of Thailand and held on 18-21.11.17, Pattaya, Thailand, in the attendance of delegations from 40 countries.
The Red Sky 2 Drone Defender system was designed to detect, disrupt and neutralize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) engaged in a potentially malicious activity or hostile airborne surveillance missions. The system combines a drones’ detection radar of Elta and an advanced jamming system of MCTECH, which prevents drones infiltrating into sensitive locations such as stadiums, airports, secured compounds, military bases etc. and can protect VIPs against attacks by neutralizing the UAV’s before carrying out their hostile missions.
The comprehensive solution provided by Red Sky 2 includes detecting and identifying hostiles, automatic tracking, disrupting abilities, and locking and neutralizing threats, and is based on an advanced radar for detecting and neutralizing aerial objects at a range of 3 to 5 km, an advanced electro-optical thermal camera for investigating and identifying threats and a multi-directional capability for locking on targets.
Available as an active or reactive system (that operates only after triggering an alarm when the unfamiliar object reaches an aerial security zone), Red Sky 2 can be integrated into the defense array of sensitive facilities in urban areas and/or other and can be installed on a vehicle to protect maneuvering forces across the battlefield against aircrafts and drones.