More and more people are concerned about violations of privacy as well as safety issues as unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) are becoming more and more popular among hobbyists and in some commercial applications.
Well, one company hopes to capitalize on those concerns with their new product, the DroneDefender Rifle. According to a press release from Battelle, the makers of the rifle:
The Battelle DroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption technologies to safely stop drones in the air, before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety. The growing use and availability of commercially-available drones—also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—is raising concerns among defense, security and law enforcement leaders.
DroneDefender is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, lightweight, point-and-shoot system with a demonstrated range of 400 meters. DroneDefender provides instant threat mitigation, quickly disrupting the drone so that no remote action, including detonation can occur in sensitive areas. This minimizes drone damage and the risk to public safety.
“This is just the kind of tool we need to safely counter a drone threat,” said Dan Stamm, senior reseacher who led the project. “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,” said Alex Morrow, technical director on the project. “It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.”
This innovative device has a cold start time of <0.1 seconds and an operating time of five hours continuous. It weighs less than 10 pounds, depending on how it is configured.
The product works by disrupting radio signals, thus preventing the operator from further controlling the drone.
No word on pricing or availability as of yet.