Are Our Skies Really Safe? Troubling Findings on Anti-Drone PARADE System

Despite the growing threat of malicious , the PARADE faces major in its early stages.

A Troubling Performance

The PARADE anti-drone system showed disappointing results in the Coubertin 1 and 2 tests. It was able to detect only one in three malicious drones at a distance of 800 meters during the Coubertin 2 test.

Who’s Behind PARADE?

This system is a joint venture of and CS Group, developed at the bequest of the French Armament General Directorate or DGA. The contract, valued at 350 million euros, mandates the creation of a system capable of automatic detection, characterization, identification, and neutralization of drones.

Delay in Development

The rollout of the PARADE system has encountered delays due to supply and industrial qualification issues. A contributing factor to this struggle is the rapid evolution of drone technology.

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What’s Next for PARADE?

Sébastien Lecornu, the Minister of the Armies, has called for additional refinement of the PARADE system. A report on anti-drone has been produced but is yet to be released to the public due to the presence of sensitive information.

Implications for the Paris Olympics

Despite the potential threat posed by drones during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, no alternative plan has been proposed. The BASSALT system, a product of a partnership between the French Air & Space Force and Aéroports de Paris, may be considered for anti-drone defense.

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