KWESST Micro Systems Inc (CVE:KWE) (OTCMKTS:KWEMF) announced on Wednesday that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of allowance for a second patent covering KWESST's "Phantom" electronic decoy system.
The Ottawa-based military and security technology company had previously announced on October 5, the allowance of a first patent covering 15 claims for a programmable multi-waveform radio frequency generator capable of broadcasting and emulating all relevant military waveforms to create electronic battlefield decoys that deceive adversaries on the location of NATO friendly forces.
The company said the second patent covers 11 additional claims for a programmable multi-waveform radio frequency generator plus associated tactics, techniques and procedures for deploying the Phantom system.
"This second patent allowance with its set of additional claims substantially enlarges the intellectual property portfolio of the Phantom electronic decoy technology," said KWESST CEO Jeff MacLeod.
Phantom is the electronic decoy KWESST is bringing to market in 2021 in response to specific military interest in a next-generation system that is ultra-miniaturized for expedient deployment in theaters of operation by ground personnel or on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Phantom mimics all relevant NATO military electronic signal emissions to deceive adversaries attempting to locate them based on those waveforms.
The company said the requirements for such a "phantom" capability are now appearing in NATO solicitations for future land Electronic Warfare systems, driven by contemporary experience in contested areas where forces have been located and destroyed at scale. One publicly reported example is the 2016 incident where two full Ukrainian mechanized battalions were annihilated by Russian adversaries in three minutes with precision mass fire after locating them based on their electronic signal emissions.
KWESST pegged the addressable market for the Phantom electronic decoy at C$500 million in the US alone, and potentially the same for other NATO countries and their allies.
KWESST has a diversified product line, springing from a single core technology — its proprietary Micro Integrated Sensor Systems Technology (MISST) — which involves ultra-miniaturization and integration of sensors, software, optics, ballistics, machine learning and artificial intelligence that boosts mission capability.
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