High-Tech ‘Bazooka’ Fires a Net to Take Down Drones

By admin | Security

Mar 28

This is the latest iteration of anti-drone and anti-UAV tactics that law enforcement has been considering due to the increasing security problems drones pose.

FoxNews.com reports on the latest development in anti-drone efforts, the SkyWall 100 from OpenWorks Engineering. From a range of up to 328 feet (100 metres), one police officer could use this bazooka-style device to shoot a canister that opens up a net to capture a drone. After capture, it then deploys a parachute to bring the drone safely back down. In the next few months, the system will be demonstrated in Canada by OpenWorks Engineering, who believe that capturing rather than destroying a drone allows it to be “impounded, forensically investigated or simply handed back with some words of education where appropriate.”

This is the latest iteration of anti-drone and anti-UAV tactics that law enforcement has been considering due to the increasing security problems drones pose. Two higher profile security breaches were the crashing of a drone on the White House grounds and a 2014 international soccer game on-field brawl that was incited by a drone carrying a political banner. FoxNews.com goes on to describe some of these anti-drone tactics. Michigan Tech University developed an “interceptor” drone that uses a net to take down smaller drones. The Dutch Police have trained an eagle to attack drones, and both the Office of Naval Research and Boeing have developed laser weapons to destroy drones.

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