DHS funds earmarked for UAS counter research

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earmarked over $1 million for research on countering potential unmanned aerial systems (UAS) threats.

The funding allotment to the University of North Dakota (UND) stemmed from the efforts of Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) as a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee.

Authorities indicated the agreement calls for UND to research present UAS technologies capabilities, limitations and constraints as a means of assessing potential threats. Thereafter, the university would spearhead counter-UAS demonstrations to evaluate techniques for threat mitigation.

“We’ve built North Dakota into a premiere location for unmanned research, development, training and operations, and UND has been a pivotal part of these efforts,” Hoeven said. “That’s why we made the case to DHS to utilize UND and our state’s expertise in developing these counter-UAS technologies. This is an important part of our efforts to ensure unmanned aircraft can be safely integrated into our airspace and unlock this technology’s potential, both for our economy and our national security.”

UND President Andrew Armacost said the pact serves as an example of the vital role the University of North Dakota plays in the research and development of UAS technologies.

“I appreciate Sen. Hoeven’s continued partnership with our institution in making opportunities like this a reality,” Armacost said. “Our efforts to advance beyond visual-line-of-sight technologies for UAS are leading to new opportunities in the areas of national security and counter-UAS measures to address the threat of drones used for illegal purposes.”

Douglas Clark

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