Drone defense firm DroneShield lands $33M U.S. government deal

Australia’s DroneShield, which offers counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) technology, including DroneGuns and other gear that can be used to disrupt and defend against drone attacks, has landed a $33 million contract with an unnamed U.S. government agency.

That announcement comes just a few weeks after DroneShield announced a two-year $9.9 million R&D contract with the Five Eyes Department of Defence (DoD), an alliance between the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. 

That U.S. government contract covers equipment and services, and the company said it expects to receive full payment of the order prior to the end of 2023. DroneShield equipment such as the DroneGun Mk4 can be used to disrupt the control and navigation capabilities of multiple drones.

DroneShield said its current order backlog (committed orders in the process of fulfillment) stands at a record $62 million, with a further over $200 million pipeline across over 80 opportunities. 

DroneShield’s U.S. CEO, Matt McCrann, said of the U.S. government contract, “We’re honored to receive this award and support this customer. This award is a result of their trust in DroneShield and our solutions, and reflects our commitment to their mission.”

The new deals this month also come as DroneShield received some good news from NATO in recent days: Its RfPatrol Mk2, DroneGun Mk3, DroneGun Mk4, and DroneSentry-X products were assigned NATO stock numbers, which means that NATO military organizations, DroneShield’s biggest customer targets, are now able to buy these products “off the shelf,” the company said.

DroneShield also recently said that it completed integration of its multi-sensor DroneSentry system, which uses RF, radar and electro-optic detection and tracking, as well as “smart jamming” capability, with Epirus’ Leonidas high-power microwave counter-electronics/counter-UAS effector, which can “neutralize a single threat in tight, crowded spaces or disable multiple threats across a wide area simultaneously,” DroneShield said. The integration project was undertaken after Epirus, based in Torrance, California, invested about $2.5 million in DroneShield late last year.