We live in a time of astounding technological advancements. There are deep-sea drones and live-streaming virtual reality.
Drone Neutralizing Solutions
December 15, 2021
One of the main reasons for the development of a nation is the advancement in technology which brings to the promise of increased efficiencies and higher productivity impacting the quality of life. Countries are working constantly towards new technologies through research and innovations. One of them is a trending technology the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or simply drones.
Drones are technically unmanned vehicles or we can say simply a flying robot that flies autonomously with relatively little control by a human on the ground through software that is programmed using techniques of embedded systems in conjunction with the onboard sensors and Global Positioning System (GPS).
The wide applications of drones include:
Science & Research
Aerial Video and Photography
Search and Rescue
Technology breeds crime and we are constantly trying to develop technology to stay one step ahead of the person trying to use it negatively.
The terror through drones
Earlier this April near the town of Aguililla, Michoacan two state police officers were injured by a commercial drone carrying a packed gunpowder bomb.
A Houthi rebels’ drone attack on Saudi oil fields earlier this year drove oil prices above $71 a barrel and brought home the terror threat of drone warfare.
Recently two Pakistani drones made an intrusion bid along the International Border in the Arnia sector of the Jammu frontier thereby violating a ceasefire agreement existing between India and Pakistan.
An oil tanker in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf attacked by a drone.
A Chinese commercial drone manufacturer is allowing its products to keep reaching rebel groups in the world’s trouble spots.
So, what exactly is drone neutralization??
In a layman’s language drone neutralization usually means preventing a drone from completing its mission. That mission can be anything, from attacking the enemy to invading the restricted zones by carrying drugs and chemical substances like bombs. The scenarios where the privacy of people is threatened, protected places, large events, or sensitive infrastructure. It all depends on the type of approach that prevents the drones from entering the no-fly zones.
Passive Measures: Such countermeasures do not directly interfere with the drone physically or electronically. When passive countermeasures are applied threats are reduced without disrupting the drone which provides a great level of security and protection for customers who are using them. Such examples include sending security personnel to intercept the drone, raising blinds, bringing people inside a building, locking the cell doors and gates in the case of a correctional facility, or even shining a bright light at the drone to stop it from capturing any relevant imagery.
Active Measures: Such countermeasures physically stop the detected drone. These measures are the most efficient and practical ones in the market. These active countermeasures include:
Jamming systems and Spoofers
Firearms, Electromagnetic pulse, and Laser
Solutions for drone neutralization
DroneGun: The DroneGun has been developed by the Australian company DroneShield. This compact, lightweight, rifle-shaped device allows the users to control the disruption on multiple RF frequency bands simultaneously. The system breaks the link between the drone and its pilot, activates the “fail-safe” to send the drone home, and can jam signals. DroneGun allows coverage up to 1 km in a wide range of environmental conditions.
Advanced Test High Energy Asset system (ATHENA): Developed by Lockheed Martin this laser weapon system is designed to defeat close-in, low-value threats such as improvised rockets, unmanned aerial systems, vehicles, and small boats. Athena blasts offending UAVs out of the sky using a specially developed giant laser tower
SkyFall 100: The SkyFall 100 is a handheld system for safe captures of drones. Its bazooka-like design enables it to be used by a single operator, and fast reload times let one person tackle multiple drones. This system uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope.
DroneCatcher: A Delft Dynamics designed product is a net gun-armed multicopter that can safely remove illicit drones from the air. With the use of multiple onboard sensors, the net gun locks on the target the drone are then swiftly caught by shooting a net up to 20 meters away.
Sky Fence system: Built specially for prison security. It incorporates several signal disruptors, designed to jam the flight control signal of drones. It uses multiple low-power radio transmitters that are strategically located around the protected site. When activated they transmit a signal that interferes with the radio transmissions of the drone, which prevents their control, their video signal between the drone and the operator.
Hence, with the increased demand and usage of drones, it is important to develop an anti-drone solution that can detect a malicious drone from completing its mission.