Watch this anti-drone rifle take down a UAV with a blast of radio waves

Watch an Anti-Drone 'Gun' in Action
Watch an Anti-Drone 'Gun' in Action

Drones are again making the headlines, but this time it's because there's a weapon that lets humans take over these devices at a distance. Rogue drones can be a problem when it comes to safety and security, therefore Batelle decided do develop a technology to prevent such issues and call it DroneDefender. The device looks like a futuristic, shoulder-mounted rifle that emits radio waves through which the user can take down a the approaching quadcopter.

Technical director Alex Morrow commented the following:

It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites. It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.

According to Engadget, the weapon weights around 10 pounds and can reach a drone at a distance of 400 meters. The blast of electromagnetic energy it emits when the trigger is pulled disables the drone and cuts any connection from the original pilot, allowing the user to lead it down to the ground safely. This is particularly handy in the unfortunate case the drone is strapped with explosives or other harmful materials. Here is a demo video:

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