Anti-drone jammer gun technology has become the hottest technology
With all the news reports on nefarious uses of consumer drones and near misses with airplanes, it’s no surprise that another new technology is making headlines: “counter-drone” or “anti-drone” measures.
DroneGun tactical drone jammer has successfully passed the French Military’s DREP test, which measures electromagnetic emission levels on human users. Actually, as Bloomberg points out, that’s not a gun as such, but a drone jammer—the HP 47 Counter UAV Jammer, to be precise. It doesn’t shoot the aircraft out of the sky: instead, it prevents it from being controlled remotely, leaving it hovering in midair, and stops images or video being sent back to its owner.
It works by wifi signal jammer signals to drones, making them unresponsive. A thermal imaging camera allows the Auds operator to target the unwanted drone before signal jamming, via a high-powered radio signal, is activated.
The UK is set to use sophisticated drone-jamming technology at major public and sporting events for detecting, tracking and disrupting the controls of any rogue unmanned aerial vehicles flown remotely by terrorists as airborne weapons.
The US government has spent $17 billion buying 50,000 jammer units with fantastic names like Warlock Green, Warlock Red, Warlock Duke, Acorn, and more. But in the beginning of the war, there was a little bit of a cat and mouse game between radio-frequency jammers and IEDs and jammers were far behind. They were too slow, they couldn’t adapt as well and they could only offer protection of only a few yards. Hell, occasionally two jammers would lock onto each other and cancel one another out.
A new generations of jammers were introduced too, they could cover a broad range of frequencies and perform specific “set-on” jamming which mean that “rather than confuse a receiver with a modified version of its own signal, Duke had a series of built-in jamming responses, designed to fool very specific devices.” And as jammers got better, the insurgents in Iraq largely abandoned the use of IEDs and deaths from IEDs dropped.