RTCA Special Committee 238 (SC-238) and EUROCAE Working Group 115 (WG-115) have released a joint draft document titled “System Performance and Interoperability Requirements for non-cooperative UAS detection systems.” This document outlines system performance and interoperability criteria needed for non-cooperative Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) detection systems, commonly known as Counter-UAS, within airport settings. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive overview of various facets of the Counter-UAS (C-UAS) system and enhance comprehension of its detection-level components.

Established in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, RTCA has evolved into a private, not-for-profit organization. Referred to as “RTCA,” it serves as the leading platform for Public-Private Partnership. This platform facilitates the development of consensus among various competing stakeholders on essential aviation modernization matters within an ever-expanding global aviation domain.

On December 6, 2019, the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) established SC-238, dedicated to Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS).  The special committee aims to formulate standards encompassing Counter-UAS technology. The primary focus will be creating a unified consensus standard outlining detection and mitigation guidelines. This committee operates jointly with EUROCAE WG-115.

Established in 1963 as the “European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment,” EUROCAE is a global nonprofit organization that unites experts in creating and advocating for consensus-driven, top-tier standards for civil aviation systems and equipment. These standards facilitate worldwide alignment and seamless integration, playing a vital role in enhancing the global aviation network’s safety, effectiveness, and environmental viability.

EUROCAE WG-115 aims to formulate standards that facilitate the secure and unified integration of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Counter-UAS) into the airport and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) systems.

The joint document is open for review and comment until October 10, 2023, through RTCA and EUROCAE feedback methods. The document is available at System Performance and Interoperability Requirements for non-cooperative UAS detection systems.

For additional airport-related Counter-UAS resources, please visit the C-UAS Hub Airports sector page.

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