Anti-drone ‘rifle’ takes down quadcopters without firing a single bullet (VIDEO)
Designed by DroneShield, a company based in the US and Australia, the gun is marketed as a “highly effective” tool in the arsenal of anti-drone technology.
While shaped like a large rife, the 12lb piece of tech is actually a jammer that bamboozles drones through pulses of radio waves at frequencies between 2.38 and 5.82Ghz.
According to Droneshield, the gun is a “safe countermeasure against a wide range of drone models.”
“It allows for a controlled management of drone payload such as explosives, with no damage to common drone models or surrounding environment,” the DroneShield website boasts.
Video of the sci-fi-like jammer suggests it can take out quadcopters from the sky at a distance of 2 kilometers away. However, one sticking point is that the rifle is currently illegal to carry in the US.
“DroneGun has not been authorized as required by the United States Federal Communications Commission,” DroneShield said.
“This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease… in the United States, other than to the United States government and its agencies, until such authorization is obtained.”
The gun is part of a newly emerging industry concerned with drone security. A similar purpose product called SkyWall100 emerged earlier this year, showing how a “gas powered launcher” could pull drones out of the air with a net.