Russian Research Institute "Vector" and an Egyptian electronics manufacturer will cooperate in the licensed production of civilian counter-UAV systems "Zashchita."
This mobile equipment is activated in minutes and provides protection against drones within a 2 km radius, regardless of time of day or weather conditions. The parties signed a cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition Egypt Defense Expo (EDEX 2023) in Cairo.
This the first Russian-Egyptian deal since the cancellation of the sale of Su-35 jets under sanctions threat from the United States. Rostec has been careful to term the agreement as under the "civilian sphere."
The “Zashchita” complex combines several devices: a passive radar station (PARLS), radio monitoring equipment (RM) and a suppression complex of the “Serp-VS” line. The peculiarity of detection devices is that they are invisible to other radio equipment, since they operate in passive mode, that is, they have no active radio emission.
As part of the signed agreement, the parties will organize interaction, the purpose of which is to increase production volumes and promote anti-UAV means developed by the Vector Research Institute in Africa.
“For the Research Institute “Vector”, cooperation with the Egyptian company is a big step towards the promising African market.
Our solutions for countering drones are already being successfully used and provide reliable protection of protected facilities in Russia. Today, the company offers foreign customers various products in the field of monitoring, detection, identification, tracking and countering UAVs. This agreement opens up the opportunity for us to develop new markets and promote Russian products in the field of protection against drones on the African continent,” said Sergei Skorykh, General Director of the Vector Research Institute.
Russian firms have developed a number of counter-UAV and anti-drone systems based on the experience o Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Among the features of these are to blind the drone's navigation or intercept the data link between the drone operator and the device. Another is to shoot down the drone altogether by missiles or guided artillery.