As the FAA flounders on drone regulations, drone defense companies are rushing to take advantage of consumer fear and market confusion with anti-drone technologies. Earlier this month, Blighter Surveillance introduced the AUDS (Anti-UAV Defense System,) and Batelle presented the “Drone Defender” Rifle. These join existing military use anti-drone technology such as SCI, Inc.’s Counter UAS-Systems. As consumer drones show a larger presence than ever, we can expect more consumer-based anti-drone systems such as the one developed by Domestic Drone Countermeasures, LLC, an Oregon-based company. The company offers a “Basic Drone Detection System” which can alert a homeowner of a drone flying close to its property, sending an alarm to the homeowner’s tablet or smartphone.
Israel Aerospace Industries and its subsidiary, ELTA Systems Ltd., have unveiled the latest device designed to defend against rogue drones, large and small. The “Drone Guard” system was introduced today at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX.)
The Drone Guard System features 3D radars and Electro-optical sensors for drone detection, combined with dedicated “Electronic Attack” jamming systems to disable target drones. Three specially adapted 3D radars combine drone detection and tracking algorithms to enable identification of drones at short (10km), medium (15km) and long (20km) ranges. Electro-optical sensors allow operators to visually identify target drones.
Lightweight enough to carry, ELTA officials say that no other 3D and high-rate scan solution is available at such low weight. Nissan Hadas, IAI Executive and ELTA President, says: “We believe that in the near future every critical asset and public site will require these safety measures for protection against hostile drones.”
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.