The initiative was framed within the European project ALADDIN, in which CATEC participates along with 17 other partners from nine countries

Our Experimental Flight Centre ATLAS Villacarrillo in Jaen hosted in early February a day on unmanned aerial systems testing, which included the first demonstration in Spain of an innovative system of detection and neutralization to face possible threats of this type of aerial vehicles. The initiative was framed within the ALADDIN European project, funded by the Horizon 2020 program, and involving 18 partners from nine European countries, including Spain.

The objective of this project is to study, design, develop and evaluate a set of innovative technologies to create a detection, location and neutralization system for drones that allows their application in the security field, specifically for its use in facilities such as airports, transport stations, ports, or other critical infrastructure, as well as for use by the Police, emergency professionals, coastguards, or operators of government facilities (ministries, parliaments, etc.). The ultimate goal is to develop a system based on anti-UAV technologies, through the application of different functionalities, thus improving security and the use of tools for the operational support of State security bodies and other critical infrastructure operators.

CATEC participates in this project, in which ALADDIN partners carried out integration and flight tests in the ATLAS centre that were completed with the final demonstration, attended by more than 80 entities and users interested in the application of these new technologies.

In addition to these tests, the first drone experiments were carried out in our country under an exception authorized by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), which involved developing test flights at night and without lights, in order to provide a greater reality to threat scenarios with malicious drones.