What to do against weapons-drones?

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Drones are used to hurt people or even kill. Of them a potential danger. However, there are ways to make them harmless. For example, by jammer or birds of prey.

With the safety net against the enemy drone.

It was a failed assassination attempt on the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro – but the incident from Saturday (4. August 2018) shows how easy it apparently is to turn commercial aircraft into potentially deadly weapons.

In this case, the perpetrators were fitted according to official data, two drones, each with one kilogram of explosives, and apparently is trying to get you as close as possible to the President’s pre-fly, as this gave the soldiers a speech. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said afterwards that the military had diverted a drone “electronically” from the course. The second is far collided far from the actual target against a wall in a House.

In the Iraq war is going to be used

It has long been known that armed groups, such as the terrorist group “Islamic state”, trade, use the usual drones to Hand or mortar shells target their victims fall. In April of 2017, IS fighters have used such improvised weapons in the battle of Mosul. The aircraft tend to cost less than $ 1000.

The Internet is full of examples of the use of drones to Kill. In addition, there are a lot of Videos of weapons fanatics who present their self-made armed drones.

A flying machine gun

Including a Video of a tinkerer, has equipped its UAV with a remote-controlled machine gun, and dolls shoots. These he had prepared however, materials for the amplification of the Aha-effect with explosive.

Whether reality or pure Show, the examples make it clear that a good drone defense, both for protection as well as military use is vital.

In the case of the self-made drone with the machine gun, the question is, how safe you would be in a real usage scenario at all. You may can be already brought down by a targeted shot with a heavy stone or a targeted shot with a shotgun to crash.

In the case of the drones, the discard of relatively large height of light grenades, this is already more difficult. First, they are relatively quiet, to take second, only for the experienced Shooters.

Drones are a great danger potentially

Specialized companies, such as the Kassel-based Start-Up company Dedrone working with Deutsche Telekom, relies on an electronic drone defense.

For this purpose, a sensor system that receives electronic RF data, and with video cameras, the air space observed. Drones, which can penetrate into a pre-defined air space, the System will recognize.

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Air surveillance with cameras and Sensors – such as for prisons

The System identified the flying objects over typical control commands transmitted via radio or mobile phone signal to the drones. And it immediately registered the type and design of the drone. So the System can distinguish, for instance, by birds, dragons, or helicopters. On a video image, the Software tracks the drone automatically.

Electronically incapacitate

Then the jammer can be put to use to make the drone control system is incapable of landing force. Such systems of the German medium-sized company, H. P. Marketing & Consulting Wüst GmbH has been building.

The company builds mobile suppression systems that, for example, can be prevented, that prisoners within the prison walls with smuggled mobile phones to make calls. According to the same principle, the System can also prevent drones in the vicinity of the prison walls from a Smartphone controllable, and about a parcel to the prisoner to deliver.

While in the case of prisons, the drone-detection technology will be installed, you need for large events such as football games or public appearances of vulnerable politicians mobile systems. Such a mobile antenna and camera system has developed, the Telecom division of Magenta Security.

Flying fishing nets, or birds of prey

Another Form of drone defense offers company Skywall. This is either a shoulder gestüztes shot device, with the fishing net on the drone is shot. Has put the power to the drone, sailing in a parachute to the ground

In the service of the French air force. This eagle is trained on drones.

And last, but not least, put the armies on birds of prey for drone defense. For example, the French air force, Adler trained drones specifically to pack in the flight and get down.

In the private sector, the Dutch company Guard from Abovedie animal drones defense to a business model. It is aimed at military and police agencies around the world and works not only with the eagles, but other birds of prey.


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