Skylock to protect Ethiopia’s capital and troops from enemy drones

Israeli Skylock counter-UAS solution has been awarded a contract to provide anti-drone equipment to protect Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital city from enemy drones.

Skylock, a subsidiary of Avnon Group was given the contract late last month to help secure Ethiopia’s administrative complexes including its airports, and to equip the Ethiopian Army with anti-drone equipment as they battle with the Tigrayan rebels.

Skylock, part of the Avnon HLS Group, designs and produce counter-drone technologies for the detection, verification and neutralisation of unauthorised drones.

The Israeli firm offers a wide range of comprehensive modular, scalable active (radar and jamming) and passive (non-kinetic and non-jamming) counter-drone technologies.

Although anti-government forces in Tigray are not known to operate drones of any kind. Rather, Ethiopian forces operates Iranian-made Mohajer-6 drones, as well as several Chinese surveillance drones.

At least two Mohajer-6 UAVs and a ground control stations were seen in Semara Airport in August and are most likely for evaluation before Ethiopia makes a larger purchase.

Meanwhile, Uk-based counter drone specialist Silent Sentinel signed a contract with SKYLOCK in May, to provide Jaegar Ranger 225 uncooled LWIR, and Jaegar Searcher 700 cooled MWIR thermal camera platforms to Zambia.

The platform will help the East African nation better protect it’s infrastructure from unauthorized drones.

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