AirGuard offers a versatile, automated solution providing an exclusion or safe zone against the malicious use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV).


Drone technology is changing constantly and, with the emerging reality that self-drive cars could be programmed to be used as an actual or disruptive threat, it is vital to have a system that can cover large areas and create a 3D detection and protection ‘bubble’ around an area such as an airport.

The AirGuard system can be fixed or mobile and is scalable to the requirements and desired level of security for each situation.

AirGuard provides a powerful automated alert system that offers a high level of protection, with low cost of operation and resource required. It can also be deployed as a managed service for a third-party security or facilities management provider to use as a mobile, rapid deployment solution.

A key feature of AirGuard is that it can be integrated into existing video management systems and security infrastructure. Our technical experts will recommend the best technology you need, specific to your requirements, and help integrate it.

AirGuard has the ability to capture video output, tracking the flight of the UAV, which may then be used as evidence for prosecution purposes. It is also possible to use the system to capture the UAV for forensic purposes (if RF disruption is enabled).

How It Works

1. Detection

Multiple sensors in operation, including radar, radio frequency direction finders and acoustic sensors, automatically scanning the required survey zone 24/7.

The system can be integrated into existing security infrastructure, video management or Air Traffic Control systems to minimise complexity and enable operators to continue day to day operation without additional screens to monitor. If an inbound UAV is detected the tracking system automatically engages and an alert is flagged on the operator’s screen.

2. Tracking and Identification

The geo-referenced, multispectrum, electro-optical system automatically engages, locking on to the object detected.

The cameras enable automatic, smooth and consistent tracking of the object - working in both day and night vision. Camera output can later be used as evidence for prosecution. In-built GPS referencing gives bearing and geo-location references against a pre-agreed grid for ease of location.

3. Classification

Through real-time analysis of the camera output the operator, major control centre, or mobile unit can classify the threat visually and use a simple layered traffic light system to act accordingly.

4. Security Response

Using the layered traffic light system gives the operator and managers the ability to easily respond to an emerging situation, escalating the security threat or downgrading a false alarm as required. They can give accurate information to the necessary security agencies, whilst minimising potential disruption from false alarms.

The system has the capability to incorporate RF inhibition, or other disruption systems, such as net guns, as required.

Service and System Management

Chess offer full consultancy including site survey and threat analysis to assess the system requirements which are customised for each situation.

Full installation and on-site training are provided, including scenario-based training using our bespoke simulated training environment.

Our team, who have airport and military experience, will work with you to determine the levels of threat response and ownership required.

We provide a full maintenance and upgrade service through our contract logistics support.