Michael Blades is Research Director for Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace, Defense, and Security business unit. Frost & Sullivan is a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training across multiple industries. Michael has been with Frost & Sullivan for nearly 8 years as a market analyst and growth consultant and has earned a Masters Degree in Aerospace Operations as well as an MBA.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Michael talks about the growth and trends shaping the counter UAS industry today.

Key Points
  • For now, in the U.S., the emphasis is being able to detect drones.  Effective counter measures will require changes to several rules and regulations.
  • With the proliferation of C-UAS products coming to market, adversaries will develop tactics for defeating them. There will be a need to adapt to new and changing SUAS threats.
  • Is it time to stop doing challenges to find a technology and start evaluating the effectiveness of the more than 200 systems currently being developed?
  • Comparatively, the U.S. C-UAS market could grow to several billion dollars; whereas, the commercial UAS market is could be in the 10s of billions.
  • There seems to be a growing interest in wearables – counter UAS systems that can be worn by troops, easy to carry, automatically deployed and won’t interfere with other mission requirements.
  • Portable hand-held drone guns are becoming less popular in military situations.  Who really wants to carry around a drone gun, when you need a real gun to protect yourself?
  • A company may have a great system, but if they can’t get it out in front of decision makers, they’re never going to know about it.
  • Even if you have the best UAS sensor technology, you still want to integrate with other sensors to detect a broader range of threats.
  • There’s no system that’s going to detect everything so finding the best system for countering as many threats as possible will be paramount.
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