Anti-Drone Weapons Deployed During US President’s European Trip

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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.

Photo by Eric Santoyo from Pexels.

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.

Do you think anti-drone technology will become more prevalent and complex in the future? Let us know your thoughts on anti-drone weapons in the comments if you like.

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[PetaPixel]

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