Police in China have debuted their new high-tech anti-drone gun that electronically shoots illegal devices out of the sky — and they’ve put in an order for many more.Officers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan debuted their expensive new toy, which uses radio-interfering signals to safely take illegal devices out of the sky, outside of a football stadium last Saturday while a match was underway.
At a March 11 soccer game in Wuhan, police faced a new kind of threat: drones trespassing near the stadium. On the day, police managed to safely down six active drones from up to 1 kilometer away, reports the Changjiang Daily.
Drone-jamming gun, one of several owned by the Wuhan police, can shut off drones up to a kilometer away. An anti-drone gun that jammed the control signals, forcing the trespassing drones to land automatically.
New anti-drone guns for Chinese police give off a serious Deus Ex vibe https://t.co/U0dHys4z8v pic.twitter.com/2arAWqkhmY— Owen Hughes (@OwenRDHughes) March 16, 2017
The technology promises to safely remove the device from the sky by enabling a controlled landing, avoiding a crash that could destroy the drone and/or injure someone on the ground.
The anti-drone technology is the antidote for China’s thriving drone producing industry, which has caused several headaches for officials like airport delays and security risks at large gatherings.
China has already implemented a compulsory registration system for owners of drones weighing more than 7kg and enforces strict airspace rules in built up and urban areas.
Costing around $36,200 a piece, Wuhan police are buying a further 19 guns before next month’s city marathon, reports the Chutian Metropolitan Daily.
Police in Wuhan seen using new anti-drone "guns" (use electrical & magnetic interference to force drones to land)https://t.co/OlSxO6h4ug— Ian Burns McCaslin (@IBMcCaslin) March 16, 2017
#Latest 4 #AntiDrone #Guns & #Inventions to take Down #illegal #Drones in 2017#DroneShield #Defenses #Anti #Drone https://t.co/9Rw0hLMOuZ— Israel P Roman (@israelproman7) March 6, 2017
Another drone jammer, truck-mounted laser cannons: The higher powered Silent Hunter.
The Silent Hunter uses a laser to zap ground and air targets up to 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) away, and powerful enough to cut through light vehicle armor at up to a kilometer away.
Comparable American jamming rifles :
Battelle Drone Defender, are already used by Coalition forces in Iraq looking to shut down ISIL quadcopters used for surveillance and grenade attacks.