TRD Singapore takes aim at global C-UAS opportunities following major successes in Southeast Asia

Fig 3. TRD Singapore is a trusted supplier to all Southeast Asian countries and is poised to expand its presence globally.
  • TRD is a fast-expanding Singapore company specialising in counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) since 2015. Their Orion C-UAS products and solutions are being used in over 16 countries, including all 11 Southeast Asian countries, and its products have been used around the region to secure high-profile events.
  • Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, TRD has seen robust demand for its integrated C-UAS solutions with a recent $10M win to deliver 12 vehicle-based solutions to a major government customer in Southeast Asia.
  • TRD’s sales revenue has doubled annually from $5M to $20M from 2018 to 2020. The company expects sales to exceed $150M by 2025 on the back of rising global demand for UAS countermeasures and a wider range of company products and services.

Singapore – TRD, also known as Tiny Red Dot, a leading provider of handheld and integrated C-UAS solutions for law enforcement and commercial security applications, is set to expand its presence in the North America, Latin America, and the Middle East markets following its unparalleled success in Southeast Asia. TRD’s vision is to be a world-class partner for advanced C4I and security systems with a mission to make life safer.

Ahead of the Curve – Passion made Possible

TRD is a pioneer in the C-UAS domain, having commenced development as early as 2015. The company introduced the Orion-H family of handheld systems in 2016, well before the world recognised malicious UAS activity as a serious threat.

“With UAS sales largely unregulated and activity challenging to enforce, no amount of regulatory restrictions can stop nefarious actors from using these to create mischief or even mount attacks,” said Sam Ong, Managing Director of TRD.

“There are no silver bullets against such threats,” he explains. “We need to be continuously updated on current and emerging UAS technology and be agile in implementing new countermeasures to remain relevant in this forever evolving domain. Under our R&D road map, we are continuously developing next-generation technologies!”

C-UAS equipment
Fig 1. Singapore media reported in late 2020 that local agencies are starting to field C-UAS equipment at critical facilities such as the Changi Airport.

TRD is the first company to develop a handheld 6-band C-UAS device known as Orion-H+, and implemented a full-spectrum integrated detect-and-defeat C-UAS suite known as Orion-I to address a wider spectrum of UAS threats and operational scenarios, including autonomous 24/7 area protection.

TRD has anticipated emerging threats such as weaponised UASs and swarming attacks since 2018, which led to the conceptualisation of the Orion-I system. Orion-I is a fully-integrated suite of portable, vehicle-mounted and fixed solutions comprising active radar, passive RF detection, electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) cameras, jammer, C2 system, as well as optional hard-kill and “drone-on-drone” capabilities.

The Orion-I
Fig 2. The Orion-I is a ground-breaking all-in-one vehicle mounted system that covers the entire detect-to-defeat continuum.

Primed for growth – Going Global

TRD doubled its sales growth from $5M in 2018 to $20M in 2020, a remarkable result considering the disruption to global trade and supply chains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company is confident that it can achieve more than $150M in annual sales by 2025, which translates into a CAGR of 65%, outpacing the 35% CAGR projection for the wider C-UAS market. The global C-UAS market was valued at $0.6B in 2020 and is projected to exceed $2.4B by 2025.

TRD recently edged out other established competitors to secure a $10M Southeast Asian government tender for 12 full suite C-UAS vehicles equipped with long-range 3D active radar, passive RF detection and with video analytic capabilities that enable automatic all-aspect day/night threat detection, identification, and tracking, augmented by long-range multiband jammers and hard-kill systems for UAS defeat. Integration on a commercial-grade chassis boosts operational flexibility and enables these systems to be rapidly and discreetly deployed in diverse environments including cities. This win reflects the innovation, agility and competitiveness of TRD as well the trust of its customers on its solutions. TRD has delivered 48 CUAS projects, on-time and on-target, in the last three years.

Fig 3. TRD Singapore is a trusted supplier to all Southeast Asian countries and is poised to expand its presence globally.

“Passion made possible, these achievements would have not been possible without our dedicated engineering team and supportive technology and business partners.” added Ong.

TRD will be participating in the recently announced United States Military Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO) Technology Focus Areas Contract opportunity. The company will also be participating in the USMC-Modern Day Marine and US-AUSA exhibitions in Sep-Oct.