The anti-drone arms race has started – we’ve recently seen reports of drones dropping in drugs to prisons, the Japanese Yakuza mafia using drones to deliver drugs around the city, and now we’re even seeing drones being used by poachers to locate and track endangered animals.
When legislation doesn’t work to stop these unethical uses of drone tech, you can rely on this air assault arsenal to take them down.
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This is basically what it says on the tin: these
are drones that are fitted with nets, claws, guns or other devices that are capable of taking
their fellow quadcopters out of the sky. They’re typically customised with Raspberry Pi computers designed for rigging these extra devices
A slightly more permanent installation is the AUDS cannon – the anti-UAV Defence System. The British-developed instalment locks onto airborne drones and fires a four-watt radio jammer at the suspect device. The beam will lock the drone’s controls until the battery drains or it crashes
The US army has been experimenting with a drone-killing cannon that fires 50mm smart rounds to knock drones out of the sky. The gun uses precision tracking radar interferometers and calculates an ideal trajectory on the fly, course-correcting with on-board thrusters en route to the drone
Anti-drone ray gun
Developed by a company called Battelle, the anti-drone gun is basically a rifle-shaped beam cannon that’s capable of jamming drone radio controls and killing them in mid-air. The gun fires in a 30-degree cone and has a range of 400 metres (1,300ft). The gun jams all radio – including radio detonation signals!
Agencies can apply to their local government to set up a no-fly zone around their property: these zones will act like a force-field to drones fitted with geofencing tech, keeping them out of bounds of the area if its GPS system or on-board mapping tech is active