Anti-Drone Technology


By: Jeffrey Ho

As drones become smaller and faster, new solutions will be required to disable them. Drone legislation is still scarce and differs from country to country. Laws relating to privacy, aviation, data protection are applicable to drones, but it could be questioned whether the industry can offer restrictions to deal with new challenges and threats. One solution demonstrated at AUSA 2018 is the SMASH 2000 Plus. SMASH is an advanced optical sight that can be attached to small weapons. The SMASH 2000 Plus variant has a “drone mode” that allows the operator to target a UAV in flight both during day and night time. The company claims it can “track and hit even very small drones skimming along at high speed, at ranges of up to 120 meters, with the first shot.” Another solution is “The DroneKiller,” a handheld device that employs software-defined radio technology to disable drones. In fact, Japan has bought over 100 units of the DroneKiller in preparation for the Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

It is equally important for anti-drone technology to be relatively future-proof, as Drones in the future will maintain higher altitudes, be equipped with advanced cameras with improved zooming systems, and they will be far smaller. Engineers created all of this technology, to protect military units from drones that could be deadly.