Information for C-UAS Manufacturers

As the national technical authority for physical and personnel security, one of CPNI’s aims is to ensure that security products and systems continually evolve to meet the needs of the national infrastructure and crowded places, and that appropriate technology can be drawn upon to protect important sites. Developers and suppliers of counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technology have an important role to play through the provision of products and services that are effective, sustainable and lawful.

To help ensure that the national infrastructure has proven and reliable technology to protect itself from a wide range of threats, CPNI uses technical standards to provide a benchmark for suppliers of equipment, government and owner/operators of sites. Where possible, CPNI will seek to use British, European or International standards but this is not always achievable.

Following extensive CPNI and HMG field trials/demonstrations of C-UAS technology, CPNI has developed a C-UAS standard for detect track and identify (DTI) equipment and is evaluating mature and readily available systems against this standard. Equipment that passes the evaluation is listed in the CPNI Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE), which is accessible by national infrastructure and provides a listing of a range of CPNI tested equipment. CPNI recommends, but does not mandate, the use of systems from the CSE.

The CPNI test standard and associated CSE results are intended for use by national infrastructure sites and crowded places. They do not cover overseas military use or the requirements of national policing (e.g. for the protection of major events or state occasions). Such requirements are covered by MoD and the police respectively.


Application process

Detect, track and identify testing

Applications should only be completed by manufacturers of C-UAS DTI technologies, authorised resellers or C-UAS system integrators. It is anticipated that products put forward for testing will have previously undergone extensive field tests/demonstrations by CPNI or other partner organisations.

If you wish to register interest in having a C-UAS DTI system evaluated for inclusion in the CPNI CSE, then please send an email to [email protected]. The email subject must state: “CPNI Standard Application Request” and you must provide the following information:

  • Named point of contact
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Company name
  • Address
  • Country the company is registered in
  • C-UAS system name
  • Simple summary of system (i.e. data sheet, Web link etc)
  • Manufacturer and country of origin of the main system components

Once this information has been received CPNI will review the request and, if it is accepted, will supply an application pack when the next application window opens. Please note: The application window is currently closed and is next expected to open in 2020.

Once submitted, applications will be assessed for their suitability to be evaluated and successful companies will be notified. Where possible, if your application is unsuccessful, we will aim to provide as much feedback as feasible to support any future application.

Please note that incomplete or incorrectly completed forms will be rejected. Any questions regarding the application process should be sent to [email protected].

CPNI reserves the right to decline to issue application forms. In requesting an application pack, the company is acknowledging that they will be subject to CPNI checks to assess the company’s and product’s suitability for evaluation.

Detect, track, identify and effect testing

CPNI is in the process of creating a standard for assessing DTIE technology. This standard will focus on end-to-end testing of C-UAS systems (from initial detection to effective and proportionate mitigation), designed for installation at national infrastructure sites. CPNI will provide further information regarding the launch of this standard in due course.

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