Counter-drone company Dedrone has purchased the DroneDefender counter-UAS device from Battelle. The two companies have worked together since 2017. DroneDefender is a non-kinetic solution to defend against UAS such as quadcopters and hexacopters. The battery-operated hand-held unit uses disruption electronics for point-and-shoot activity to provide remote drone disruption and GPS disruption with a demonstrated range of 400 meters. It is designed to disrupt the operator’s control of the drone, and neutralise the UAS so that no remote action, including detonation, can occur, minimizing drone damage and risk to public safety.
Dedrone has purchased all assets and intellectual property associated with DroneDefender and integrated it into its new consultancy arm, Dedrone Defense. Dedrone Defense specialises in services and solutions for US federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, and provides an end-to-end solution that detects and classifies airspace activity, protects assets from drone threats, and defeats adversary drones.
Dedrone counter-small UAS platform includes integrating and analysing data acquired from sensors into the company’s DroneTracker software. This recognizes and classifies RF, WiFi, and non-WiFi sUAS, transmits data to command and control centers, and can be programmed to automatically trigger alerts and countermeasures when a sUAS threat is confirmed.
DroneDefender and all operations associated with the technology will be led from the company’s Washington, DC-area office, under the new entity. All current customers of DroneDefender will have access to acquire Dedrone’s drone detection software and hardware solution to complete their counter-sUAS programmes. Under current law, the DroneDefender device may be used in the US only by authorized employees of the Federal government and its agencies.
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