DSEi Press Releases

The following Press Release has been issued by Chess at the DSEi Exhibition.


World’s First Fully Integrated Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) Now Features Quad Band RF Inhibitor and Optical Disruptor

  • All British AUDS team – Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems – adds new capability to production version of counter UAV/drone system following extensive government sponsored spring/summer trials
  • New features include a fourth inhibitor band, an optical disruptor and additional modularity for ease of deployment; AUDS is designed to detect, track, classify and disrupt the growing threat of malicious UAVs at ranges of up to 8km/5 miles
  • Fully featured production version of AUDS to be unveiled at the DSEI Show, the world’s leading defence and security event, at the ExCeL Centre, London, 15 to 18 September 2015

LONDON, UK, September 8, 2015 – The world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) – launched by a trio of British companies in May this year – now features a quad band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor/jammer, an optical disruptor and rapid deployment features in the final production version of the market leading counter-drone system. These enhancements follow extensive customer trials of the pre-production system across Europe and North America over the spring and summer.

The AUDS system, developed by Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems, is designed to combat the growing threat of malicious micro, mini and larger unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. The system can detect a drone five miles (8km) away using electronic scanning radar, track it using infrared and daylight cameras and specialist software before disrupting the flight using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it.

Graham Beall, managing director, Chess Dynamics, said: “Countering drones is now a global issue and an increasing concern for the military, government and homeland security forces across every continent. It’s expected that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be used increasingly for malicious purposes as they can carry cameras, weapons, toxic chemicals and explosives and are being used increasingly for terrorism, espionage and smuggling purposes.

“Our system has been developed to address this urgent operational requirement and has been successful in government sponsored counter-UAV trials, detecting and disrupting a variety of fixed and rotary wing drones in under 15 seconds. The new capabilities further enhances the system’s suitability for countering rogue or malicious unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS).”

According to the AUDS team, the speed with which new features have been added to the system since the launch in May, demonstrates both the agility and flexibility of the trio of specialist companies. The quad band inhibitor enables the AUDS operator to disrupt the different licensed telemetry bands of commercial drones no matter where in the world they are designed and licensed for use. For example, both the 433 and 915 MHz frequencies commonly used by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can be disrupted as can the 2.4 GHz control band and the global satellite (GNSS) bands.

Anti-UAV Defence System and Blighter Radar - Designed for the Detection, Tracking and Disruption of Drones and UAV's


Chess Dynamics can now provide an easy ’one-stop-shop’ for electro-optical system solutions for land users

A new family of land based electro-optical systems is launched today at DSEI 2015. The Hawkeye series provides a scalable surveillance solution for defence and security forces which is on display on stand S8-140.

Building on the success of the Sea Eagle series launched at DSEI 2013, the Hawkeye series is designed specifically to meet the needs of a wide variety of surveillance, target acquisition and tracking, amongst which are accurate gun-laying and fire control.

The family is based on four complimentary groups; tripod or quad-pod mounted Deployable Systems (DS), mast mounted Vehicle Systems (VS), infrastructure mounted Fixed Systems (FS) and dedicated weapon platform or turret mounted Combat Systems (CS). The Chess Dynamics Hawkeye family has been developed to offer the user solutions that meet requirements and tasks across the spectrum of operations.

Using the experience gained in developing the Anti-UAV Defence System ® (AUDS), Chess has designed a common command and control (C2) software that incorporates highly accurate tracking algorithms and a user interface that can be applied across the range of deployable, vehicle and fixed systems. In doing so, Chess Dynamics has been able to provide discreet EO surveillance solutions that meet the users’ needs in a single package.

“During discussions with customers it has become clear that they have been looking for an integrated family of land based electro-optical systems which utilise common user interfaces to reduce training times but which also have the flexibility and modularity to be used in a wide range of situations, both on and off vehicle,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.

“We are very excited by the advances we have made over the spring and summer this year with the integration of multiple sensors. By applying the same methodology we have used to perfect the AUDS system, we can now truly offer the customer a robust, reliable multi-sensor surveillance system at excellent value for money,” added Mr Beall.
Based largely upon the proven Cobra, Zeta and Iota platforms, the Hawkeye series marries operationally proven masts, platforms and cameras with state of the art software. The system is designed and built in-house.

Examples of HAWKEYE platforms will be on display on the Chess Dynamics stand, S8-140, during DSEI 2015.



Extensive desert testing leads to highly capable commander’s sight being chosen by Gulf State

A major Gulf State has down selected the Hawkeye CS, or Mamba, Panoramic Sight from Chess Dynamics for its armoured fighting vehicle refurbishment programme which will include a new turret. Mamba was selected following extensive testing in hostile desert environments.

The Mamba Sight provides the vehicle commander with an optical sensor that it is on a par, and in many cases exceeds, the gunner’s which makes fighting the vehicle both comfortable and efficient. It is able to detect targets out to 9 km and provide the operator with time to make informed decisions. Its simplicity of operation and quality of image reduces crew fatigue making it an effective add-on for the vehicle’s effectiveness.

The compact Mamba sight, which is suitable for a wide variety of armoured vehicles, provides the commander with high quality dynamic and optical performance. Mamba’s design features, size, weight, performance, affordability and adaptability mean that it can be located anywhere there is space on the turret. In its current unarmoured configuration, there is no turret intrusion, freeing up additional space for stowage, remote viewers and essential battle management equipment and making the turret ergonomically more efficient to operate.

“The potential order for Mamba could exceed 130 systems with further potential orders in the region as other defence and security forces seek to update their vehicles,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.

“During the lessons learnt process following recent conflicts, the British Army has become very aware of the need for a remote or “indirect” sights as an essential capability for its AFV fleet. Mamba’s design features size, weight, performance, affordability and adaptability mean that it can be located almost anywhere on the turret, making it a serious option for upgrading the capability of AFVs,” he added.

The rugged design and build quality of the single LRU Mamba reduces the mean time between failure (MTBF) intervals to a very low level. Mamba’s common connectors and open architecture allow it to be fitted to most vehicles whose data communications are RS 232/422 compliant. No additional maintenance training is required for Mamba.

The gyro stabilised sight is fitted with a GEN III high performance cooled thermal camera and a HR daylight TV colour zoom camera.

An optional armour package, which provides protection to STANAG 4569 Level 2, includes a separate geared drive, slaved to the panoramic sight, Mamba is able to withstand attack from multiple hits from 7.62 x 51 mm ammunition. This permits almost full scale protection of the object lenses when in operation. At rest, the sensors are ‘parked’ behind the armour affording them full ballistic and environmental protection.

Hawkeye CS - ADWS