Watch How a New Gun Knocks Drones Out of the Sky
The company behind development of a gun to take down drones that are hostile, suspicious or crossing into restricted airspace released test footage today of a portable, battery-powered rifle taking down an unmanned craft.
DroneGun Tactical is made by Australia-based DroneShield Ltd., which also has a Northern Virginia office. The jamming device "allows for a controlled management of drone payload such as explosives, with no damage to common drones models or surrounding environment due to the drones generally responding via a vertical controlled landing on the spot, or returning back to the starting point," which aids authorities in tracking the drone operator, the company said.
The gun has a range of up to 1,094 yards -- a little under two-thirds of a mile -- with continuous line of sight and is billed as operating when the outside temps range from 4 degrees below zero to 131 degrees.
As soon as the drone gun locks on the target, it disrupts video transmission that the drone operator may be using to surveil authorities.
The rectangular device weighs 15 pounds, comes with a carrying case and a 12-month warranty, and can operate for at least 30 minutes on its rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.