Las Vegas Fire and Rescue tests out Dronekiller

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The DroneKiller device. Credit: IXI Technology

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews were recently given the opportunity to observe a new technological solution designed to thwart potential acts of terror using drones. DroneKiller, which is already in use by the military, is a standalone handheld armament developed specifically to disable a drone mid-flight before it can cause any damage.

Bomb technicians from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and Nellis Air Force Base were treated to a demonstration by manufacturer IXI Technology on Wednesday. The device, which looks like something from the film Starship Troopers, uses software-defined radio technology to detect and disable class-1 and class-2 drones, with no need for broadband jamming. It has a range of up to 800 metres and an active mode of up to four hours.

“It’s just a matter of time before [drones] are going to be used as weapons because they are stealth,” said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s Tim Szymanski. “These can come across a field very low to the ground.”

It is hoped that equipping authorities with DroneKiller will head off an evolving and concerning threat before it can become widespread.

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