MM Blog: Drone Defense System

A look at an anti-UAV defense system designed to engage hostile drones.

Pesky drones flying too close to U.S. airports have caused quite the controversy lately. 
To combat these negligent fliers, the U.S. government is trialing a defense system at select airports that scans for unmanned drones before using radio beams to stop them. Developed by a trio of British companies, namely Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems, and supported in the U.S. by Liteye Systems Inc., the Anti-UAV Defence System, or AUDS, is capable of detecting potential threats up to 6 miles away through an electronic scanning radar. 

When an incoming drone is identified, the system uses infrared and daylight cameras to track its flight path. It then fires a 4-watt directional beam to the drone to jam its radio signals. In total, the process takes between eight and 15 seconds, and provides a few neutralization options, including momentarily freezing the UAV, initiating a forced landing and locking it up until that battery dies. The developers of the system have already carried out more than 400 hours of testing, and they believe that the technology is ready for use at airports across the country. 


Is this a good approach to addressing illegal drone use? Should a system like this have a wider distribution? 

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