AUDS: A new way to shoot down those pesky drones

News by Max Metzger

Researchers have revealed a new way of getting rid of drones, beyond blowing them out of the sky. The civilian versions of the airborne pests can spy, hack and even carry explosive payloads but the newly-developed Blighter anti-UAV defence system (AUDS) has the solution.

Blighter, a radar company, released AUDS recently and describes the  system as “a counter-drone system that is designed to disrupt and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft systems or unmanned aircraft systems engaged in hostile airborne surveillance and potentially malicious activity".

AUDs manages to sabotage drones by severing the connection between the drone itself and the operator. AUDS consists of three parts. The first is the radar which detects the drones over a range of up to 32 kilometres. Once a drone is found, the electro-optical tracker picks up the job and allows the user to inspect the drone from a distance. When the time for killing comes, the Directional Radio Frequency Inhibitor swings the axe. The Inhibitor shoots radio signals at the same frequency as the drone is controlled, effectively blocking them. Without that connection between pilot and drone, it will fall to its untimely death or keep flying until it does.

The company's website says that the counter-drone device can be used for a number of things: “The system may be used in remote or urban areas to prevent UAVs being used for terrorist attacks, espionage or other malicious activities against sites with critical infrastructure.”

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