I Need One: New Radio Rifle Designed To Disable Drones

October 20, 2015


The Battelle DroneDefender is a rifle designed to take over radio control of drones so you can bring them to the ground and stomp them. I just blasted myself in the nuts with one and now the doctor says I can't have kids for another 600 years which is actually fine with me because I need to focus on learning new magic.

The DroneDefender may be our first look at the perfect anti-drone technology. The device, which looks like a modern rifle with an antenna mechanism attached to the front -- because that's basically what it is -- uses targeted radio waves to force drones out of the sky. The nondestructive tech "utilizes a non-kinetic solution to defend airspace up to 400m against UAS, such as quadcopters and hexacopters, without compromising safety or risking collateral damage."

From what I gathered from the video, the rifle basically hijacks control of the drone with a more powerful radio signal than the original operator is using. Then you point the rifle wherever you want to steer the drone. Obviously, I want one so I can start hjacking drones, then open up my own used-drone emporium. I am gonna get rich! Or beat up, it really depends how tough drone owners are.

Keep going for a mock-up video demonstration.

Thanks to Arrogant Tiger, who called me out for forgetting his shoutout last time. That was my bad and I'm sorry. Let me take you out for froyo.

  • kasual

    Meh, who doesn't want to blast a drone from the sky with a well placed rifle shot?

  • ispitzhotfire

    So some asshole can shoot down my $2000 drone just because he is an asshole?

  • Billy Rocka

    Got one big enough to keep those pesky cop drones at bay?

  • The Chadwick

    You need one...yea more Muricans with more weapons.

  • Cup-O-Jesus

    it's not a weapon

  • If someone shot down my drone with this, I would be calling the police. I fly responsibly so would have every right to prosecute. This is the wrong way to regular drone usage and a terrible product.

  • The_Wretched

    Your drone gets close enough to me, it's going down. Go peep on someone else.

    How do we know you're not some sort of 2nd amendment type who put a gun next to the camera and are a danger to everyone?

  • I think there is something fundamentally wrong with a person that assumes everyone is out to spy on you. Why would anyone want to spy on you?

    Also, you will find that all off the shelf drones are fitted with a wide angle camera and would need to be very close to spy on an individual. At which point it would be very noisy, windy and obvious. If someone were inclined to spy they would use a zoom lens and view from far away. You would never know you are being spy'd on and hence would never know to shoot it down.

    If you shot down my drone, I would call the police and you would be liable for the cost and damages for anything that the drone hit on the way down.

    That isn't to say that all pilots are responsible, however you would be better waiting until they land and having a polite chat with them. Shooting down the drone would only create a greater hazard and make you the irresponsible person.

    If someone were stupid enough to attach a gun to the drone, phone the police immediately. Don't be daft enough to do anything else.

  • Wonfis

    Right, it's only supposed to be used when the pilot is flying like an arsehole, but you know there'll be some who will target legitimate flights because they can. Similar argument applies to actual guns too.

  • palpable ovaltine

    Devices just like this have existed for years. I'm more interested in how this is able to be sold. Per the video, this seems to use (in part) GPS jamming or spoofing to down the drones. But GPS jamming is illegal, even for state and local governments, including police. Jammers themselves are illegal to market or sell in the US as well.

  • Wonfis

    The company seems to have offices (and therefore probably markets) in other countries, notably Kuwait. I don't think they care so much about the FCC.

  • ZerglingPack

    Cue all the drone haters grumbling about how this
    infringes on their rights of privacy in a public park or on the beach.

  • The_Wretched

    Taking out drones is a good thing. No wank footage of my daughter in a bikini for you!

  • Greg

    Believe me, no one wants to see your McDonald's pounding, Shamoo of a daughter.

  • timeiskey

    nobody will claim right to privacy, they will however claim that you are hijacking their shit. also known as theft

  • ZerglingPack

    Sadly that was a big argument on the video of the man using a fishing pole to take down a drone. Just read through some of the youtube comments or even the ones on Geekologie. People were very much claiming a right to privacy. Here's the Geekologie post: http://geekologie.com/2015/... the youtube one is easy enough to get to.

  • Len Waugh

    This will effect radio control vehicles.. not drones. Though, I get that the media and vendors calls everything a drone. Drones (or UAVs) are "Autonomous", and do not require any sort of radio control. And when they do accept a radio input, it's digital and this device will not have an effect of it.

  • Bling Nye

    So... the moral of the story, is get a bigger, more powerful transmitter. Funny when they try this and it's not strong enough, because someone saw this online and had a stronger transmitter ready for just such an occasion. :P

  • TheOtakuX

    This infringes on my right to fly remote controlled mosquitoes with cameras attached in other people's faces!

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  • Greg

    I hope you get AIDS and die a slow, painful death.

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