Drones are becoming increasingly common on the battlefield, and accordingly, a number of weapons designed to destroy them have emerged, from lasers that incinerate them to jamming devices that disable their flight capability.
But sometimes, a drone can carry valuable information that the enemy might want to keep intact. As a result, anti-drone weapons that can capture the drone are in demand, which is why the Pentagon wants to create a drone made out of special material so that it can literally “vanish” into thin air.
A new gas-powered anti-drone projectile by Skywall captures the drone with a net that shoots out like a missile. What makes the missile unique is that it has a parachute that opens after the drone is caught, insuring that the drone doesn’t break and fall into pieces when it hits the ground.
The parachute is also there so that drones can be taken down if it’s disrupting a public arena with lots of bystanders. A falling drone could be a hazard for highly populated areas, which is why in the UK, drones are banned in public places with large assemblies, like soccer stadiums.
The Skywall projectile launcher comes in three models, with options for semi-permanent and permanent installations.
The company boasts that the riot in a soccer match between Serbia and Albania, partially sparked by a drone that carried an Albanian nationalist banner, and the 2015 shutdown of the runway at Manchester airport could have been prevented with their device.