A U.S. non-profit company has just released an impressive video of a drone neutralizing gun that successfully forces an airborne drone to land almost immediately. The futuristic-looking gun can down a drone at 400 meters using radio signals.
The company’s name sounds like a cross between “battle” and the toy company Mattel – Battelle, based in Ohio. Unfortunately, if you were hoping to get your hands on one of these to keep surveillance bots out of your private space – they are only being marketed to the U.S. Government.
The U.S. Sci-tech contractor will make them available to the government next year, signaling that it is really only government agents that are able to protect themselves from the very invasive weapons that they themselves monopolize.
Many industries are legally using drones – such as the media. If they get too close to a story, can their camera simply be grounded unless “authorized” by the government?
Dan Stamm, leader of research for the company says:
The DroneDefender can help protect us from those who may wish to do us harm. It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites. It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.
Watch it in action:
Drones are great, but not when someone is doing something bad with one, like dropping contraband into a prison or flying into restricted airspace. We’ve got an answer.
*Due to U.S. Federal regulations, this is a simulation of our DroneDefender. It has, though, been successfully tested in field trials.
Photo: © BattelleInnovations / YouTube
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