We’ve talked about some anti-drone technology in the past and how it is being deployed across a variety of situations around the world including airport security.
Now we’re getting to see some of that in action.
US President Biden is visiting Brussels and a New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills took a picture of security guards using anti-drone weapons to keep the skies clear.
The pictures depict the British-based OPENWORKS Engineering and their product the SkyWall Patrol. This is the kind of anti-drone device that fires a projectile that unfolds into a net that ensnares the errant UAV.
“It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope, that compensates for drone speed and range automatically. Conventional weapons often fail to incapacitate a drone and do not offer a proportionate response to the drone threat and they can also escalate a situation when used in the vicinity of large crowds,” the company states.
You can watch a video of the device in action over on YouTube at this link.
The SkyWall is accompanied by another device from the Australia-based DroneShield called the DroneGun Tactical. It uses a signal to jam the drone’s control which will cause it to land or return to its point of origin.
You can watch a video of the DroneGun Tactical here.
It only seems like a couple of years ago there really weren’t many options out there for controlling UAVs that go to places they shouldn’t be. How times have changed.
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