Rostec Unveils Miniature Drone Identification System

This mini transponder marks friendly drones within a 5 km range, aiding battlefield visual identification
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  • 06:40 AM, November 29, 2023
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Rostec Unveils Miniature Drone Identification System
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Rostec, through its Ruselectronics holding, introduced a compact transponder for drone identification at the Electronics of Russia exhibition.

Operating on a "friend or foe" principle, the transponder automatically distinguishes friendly drones within a range of up to 5 km and an altitude of 100 km from the radio interrogator.

Developed by NPP Pulsar, a part of Ruselectronics, the radar identification device is compatible with stations utilizing the Russian "Password" identification system. This technology, akin to aviation systems, aids in distinguishing friendly equipment from potential threats.

Weighing in at a mere 150 g and with a low power consumption of 100 mV, the identifier can integrate into various civil and specialized drones. Sergei Borovoy, the General Director of Pulsar Research and Production Enterprise, emphasized the significance of such identification in modern warfare, where drones are employed for reconnaissance and offensive operations.

"With drones being used extensively on the battlefield for various purposes, visual identification becomes challenging, especially when both conflicting sides use similar models. The implementation of this identification system enables the differentiation of our drones from potential adversaries," stated Borovoy.

NPP Pulsar specializes in the development of microwave, power, photoelectronic, and microelectronic devices, including radio-electronic equipment for civil information systems.

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