Rostec Provides Anti-Drone System for Russian Oil & Gas Companies

Russian concern Avtomatika (part of state-run tech conglomerate Rostec) has supplied the first batch of mobile systems providing protection from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russian oil and gas companies, reports.

“Some systems of identification of and resistance to drones have been provided for the fuel and energy complex. More supplies are being worked on,” the concern said.

In November last year, Rostec delivered the anti-drone systems Pishchal-PRO, Taran-PRO, Sapsan-Bekas, Luch and Kupol to potential customers, including the Defense Ministry, National Guard, the largest airports, Rosneft, Transneft, Surgutneftegaz, and others.

The anti-drone systems are capable of spotting, identifying and suppressing drones flying as far as 30 kilometers away. The systems monitor the radio situation, process and analyze digital signals, identify drone signals, spot the location of the operator, and expose drones that operate under radio silence or disguise their radio signals as coming from other sources.

After the drone attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia in September, Russia’s Energy Ministry unveiled plans for drafting a bill on banning unauthorized flights by drones over fuel and energy facilities. Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov has said the restrictions may be imposed in the spring of 2020.