Dronegun, the Tactical Drone Jammer

By the year 2020 there are 12 million UAVs and drones expected to be around. Most will be used for fun, but needless to say, some of these will be used for potentially illegal activities and surveillance and possibly terrorism.

As a reply, Droneshield from Australia have developed the Dronegun as a safe countermeasure against a wide range of drone models.

Firstly, to detect drones, Droneshield have a number of sensors that can detect drones from 200 up to 1000 meters.

Below: Dronegun with the DroneShield Long Range sensor to the right.

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Secondly, where legally possible, the DroneGun Jammer can be deployed.

(In some jurisdictions interfering with a drone in a civilian environment is not legal in a number of countries, as they are considered private.)

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According to the manufacturer, the Jammer works up to 2000 meters. When a drone is jammed, it is often programmed to do either a safe landing (vertical controlled) or return to the starting point. The later will help in finding the operator, and the safe landing will help if there’s any explosive payload on the drone. The drone also remains intact and available for forensic investigation.

I guess the drone goes into some kind of “safe mode”, when it loses the signal from the owner/controller.

The Drone gun is shaped as a rifle and comes with a backpack. Only one person is needed to operate the “rifle”.

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Specifications

Jammer Specifications: Voltage: 16.8+/-0.1V

Runtime: 2hr

Charging time: 90min

Max distance: Up to 2km

Jammer frequencies: 2.38Ghz-2.483Ghz. 5.725Ghz-5.825Ghz

GPS (optional) GLONASS (optional)

Battery Specifications: Lithium-Ion, V-Mount Batteries, 14.8V, 90wh, 0.9kg

Dimensions: Sensor body: 85cm x 18cm x 27cm

Body Weight: 5.7 kg

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The design seems to be a Quad-rail Picatinny with antennas / jammers all around, with a red dot on top. Magpul butt-stock I think. Essentially an empty AR-15 filled with electronics.

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Looks like a Leupold Deltapoint. I think there are more efficient raisers available, but perhaps not readily available in Australia?

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Spacegun looks, but most likely more efficient (and stealthier) than a shotgun with buckshots in most cases.

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The Dronegun is demonstrated in this video.





Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Goody

    There are more efficient risers available here, I think the manufacturer just wanted it to look more like an AR15 – forbidden fruit.

    • Hanzo

      That and it would be ergonomic.

    • iksnilol

      Maybe the AR-15 one was what he had on hand? Or it was cheap?

      Occams razor y’all.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’d rather have the version that Iran used against the US drone. That should take care of that pesky Predator hanging round my place.

    • I have it on good authority that if it bleeds, you can kill it.

    • LCON

      which by now would be Obsolete. you have to figure that one of the Contractors was sitting on some countermeasure to that flaw and has since then upgraded the drones.

      • gwood

        Or you could just program your weaponized drone to home in on the nearest strong RF signal if it loses GPS.

    • Kurt Akemann

      You couldn’t afford it. Military-grade EW systems cost millions per unit.

  • Major Tom

    Is shooting down a drone too much to ask? Apparently.

    • Yes, according to the FAA.

      • Major Tom

        And yet jamming a drone causing it to fall out of the sky, crash into pieces and thus delivering the same result for a thousand times more the cost is not?

        Talk about a case of skewed priorities.

        • G B

          Something tells me you did not read the article. Because that’s not how this works.

        • B-Sabre

          Most consumer drones don’t just “crash” when the lose link. In reality the onboard computer is doing the flying and the “pilot” is just providing direction. If you interrupt the data link, most drones will do one of two things: return to their designated “home point” (usually where they launched from) or immediately execute a controlled descent to the ground where they are (if the completely lose GPS lock). They are not coming down like so many shotgunned pigeons unless this jammer is strong enough to disrupt the onboard computer.

          • Pedenzo

            This is true….if programmed into the flight controller. I think most Johnny Jihads would be smart enough to disable RTH or safe landing if they were trying to do harm to all the infidels….

  • Before anybody gets too excited, this is super illegal in the United States; the FCC takes about as dim a view of unlicensed radiofrequency jamming transmitters as the BATFE takes of unlicensed machine guns.

    • B-Sabre

      The primary market for these things in the US will be law enforcement, who can get FCC waivers.
      John Q. Public is going to find some other way of dealing with drones.

      • Anonymoose
        • B-Sabre

          Compensating?
          It should also be noting that under current law, shooting at a UAS is just as illegal as shooting at a manned aircraft…and highly frowned upon by the FAA.

          • Anonymoose
          • Gary Kirk

            Comin’ straight from da underground are we now??

          • Anonymoose
          • Budogunner

            The FAA is nuts in their definition of what qualifies as a drone, but at least the law understands the potential danger of intentionally dropping one mid-flight.

            Behavior on loss of signal depends entirely on the options available by the flight controller and what the pilot set it to. One option is to start wide circles looking for signal. In a city, a jam could result in a drone flying into the glass of a skyscraper.

            Keep in mind that at this point, statistically, the majority of RC craft (ALL now considered drones) are dumb. They dont have any ai in a flight controller. A jam would mean no input to control surfaces at all, so an unpredictable and dangerous crash.

          • iksnilol

            That super long “barrel” is a tax-stamp-free shotgun suppressor. Only downside is that it is f***long.

          • jcitizen

            Hey, I’ve shot at aircraft with human pilots in them, that were buzzing my farm and nearly hitting my house – one of them finally came down independently of that in another incident. because they hit a wire and dragged my pasture fence for a mile! Let alone ripping off telephone and power line wire that was very dangerous! I figure anything in MY AIRSPACE that is doing things threatening my livelihood or violating my privacy are subject to action just as other trespassers are. If I get in trouble so be it! I never meant to shoot the plane down, but I knew the pilot had been in Korea, and I knew he’d understand what tracers near his airspace meant – A WARNING!! to back off!

      • shooter2009

        I’m a drone pilot for a US Government agency. I’m also on a counter-drone task force trying to come up with solutions. The FCC isn’t playing well so far at all. It’ll be a miracle if they ever allow this to be turned on anywhere in the US.

        • Budogunner

          As a drone pilot, what do you think of this approach? Given the lack of standardization of flight controller signal loss logic and the huge number of legacy, dumb craft out there, doesn’t this stike you as a reckless approach?

          I just have the civilian pilot license, since that is now required, and the risk this device would pose to everyone in the area concerns me.

          I imagine malicious drone attacks would be autonymous anyway, running a preprogrammed route guided by gps.

          • shooter2009

            Another poster alluded to the fact that these will not be in the hands of the public, even if they are sold and deployed in this country.

            There may be a place for it in government security, law enforcement or corporate security operations. It’s not a magic bullet by any means. But, may be used as a supplement to other counter drone technologies.

          • Wow!

            These kinds of jamming technology is so easy for anyone with basic electronic knowlege to build anyways. If ever there were a time that drones actually become a problem, people will be making these devices anyhow. There is no way to enforce the use of someone with this device unless you catch them in the act.

      • Tom Currie

        Actually, there is no such thing as an “FCC waiver” for any jamming device. Jamming is “deliberate interference” and completely illegal under Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (47CFR). And, of course, drones legally are aircraft, so interfering with a drone is interfering with an aircraft – which is also a federal offense.

      • BR549

        If the government abuses this technology as it has so many others and used it against law abiding civilians, you can bet the hacks will be out in short order. Arduino should have the kits out by Christmas.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Yeah, about the same penalty probably as a cell phone jammer.

      • Tom Currie

        Roughly $10,000 per day.

    • Now, I’m NOT a lawyer, but if you had an amateur radio license, you *could* use it…
      Our license privileges overlaps those frequencies listed, and we do not specifically have to avoid harmful interference to ISM users, like drones are…
      All we’d have to do to be legal is to ID our callsign at the prescribed rate.

      Hell, I’m not gonna try it, but I think I *could*…

      • Tom Currie

        Obviously you are neither a lawyer NOR A LICENSED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR (or you are a VERY incompetent operator who got his license by memorizing enough test answers to pass the technician test written for six year olds).

        A licensed amateur could turn this thing on, so long as it did NOT interfere with any other legal device. So, instead of being cited by the FCC for illegal operation of a transmitter, plus deliberate interference, as a licensed amateur you would just lose your amateur license, be cited for violation of 47CFR97, and then prosecuted by the FAA for interfering with an aircraft.

        • I’m not a Tech. But it would come down to proof of intent.
          There’s S-Band sats up there, so if you had a good lawyer, you could reasonably be trying to contact them.
          That said, of course, I’m not gonna try anything like that, and I observe all part 97 regs to the letter.
          I do use higher power on S-band, but specifically for sat-comm and other licensed use.

          • Tom Currie

            Stick to building your lego toys.

      • Budogunner

        There are laws against doing anything to take an aircraft out of the sky. The FAA extends that to drones.

        • CountryBoy

          It’s very possible that the people interested in this aren’t concerned with “laws” at all, but with protecting things they don’t want others to see or know about.

          That goes for both sides – the criminal element and the authorities.

    • Hanzo

      If someone really needs one of these I don’t think they’re really thinking about what the FCC says. Jus’ sayin’.

      • CountryBoy

        Exactly my point above.

        It’s very possible that the people interested in this aren’t
        concerned with “laws” at all, but with protecting things they don’t want
        others to see or know about.

        That goes for both sides – the criminal element and the authorities.

      • jcitizen

        Or the FAA either.

    • Tom Currie

      And, don’t forget the FAA, which considers drones to be aircraft — and has confirmed that interfering with ANY aircraft is a federal offense.

    • BR549

      And your point is ……?

  • ConsulClemens

    How long until drones are manufactured with ECCM and when can I buy the ECCM pod for my DJI Phantom? The war against drones evolves yet again.

    More importantly, I wonder how the system frequencies integrate with current spectrum management in the US and overseas… I like the concept, but probably the FCC does not in places where they have jurisdiction.

    • Bruce

      This is really just a fairly powerful radio transmitter and a focused antenna. The operator will have to keep it pointed at the drone all the way in, otherwise it will acquire it’s control signal and continue flying. This also won’t do crap for a drone that has been programmed for a route.

    • B-Sabre

      The problem is going to be cost. Hardened GPS receivers and data links aren’t cheap, and the average consumer is going to priced out of the market fairly quickly, because they can’t justify the need. I mean, I don’t plan on buying run-flat tires because I don’t plan on getting into a situation where the cops are using stop-sticks against me…so why do I need a jam-proof data link for my flying camera?

    • LCON

      I would lay money that any infantry or low altitude Mil spec Drones are getting hardened against these.

      • 11b

        Maybe in the future, but right now they’re very susceptible to jamming. Just look at Ukraine where the Russian military- I mean, brave Russian speaking patriots- are using military grade jamming in force. It works very well. The OSCE can’t even operate anymore because their drones are being jammed 24/7.

        • Kurt Akemann

          Those same systems could be used against anyone using a Dronegun. Not directly, but when a Dronegun is used Russian EW systems would be able to use direction finding to find its position. And once its position is uncovered, then the Dronegun and its operator can be neutralized with artillery fire.

          • Gary Kirk

            Just reprogram explosive laden drone to crash on jamming signal instead of landing safely..

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Instead of paying a hundred grand for this thing I can get a far more satisfying result with my pellet gun.

    • JustAHologram

      Or take up falconry

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I dont think my cat would appreciate a new falcon roommate.

        • JustAHologram

          What about an eagle, something that can learn the falcon punch

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I already have a red tailed hawk who likes to eat the doves in my driveway.

          • JustAHologram

            There you go, try to pet it and see if he wants to stay a while

          • TheNotoriousIUD
          • JustAHologram

            No wonder they aren’t friendlier if people have that attitude

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Between Mr Hawk and all the bats the airspace over my place is getting crowded.

          • JustAHologram

            Is there a mansion near by, that might explain the bats

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, ive seen an angry looking white guy in a cape mowing the lawn.

          • JustAHologram

            Did he have a withered hand

          • Charles

            Mr Hawk in my alley dove down from the top of it’s telephone pole lookout and made short work of a roaster-sized chicken while I watched from 30 yds. away.
            It came back an hour or so later and plucked it,then flew away with it. The red tails in this neighborhood stand 14-18″ on their perch. I guess that comes from competing with Baldies and Osprey for their daily bread.
            Formidable drone deterrents if they could only be trained….
            I wonder how them pesky drones will hold up against a CanCannon launching a full 12oz. can of fluid at it for even a glancing blow.

          • Charles

            Anyone in the anti-surveillance crowd here looking for a laugh needs to search for “Johnny Dronehunter” on uTube, it’s an online legend/short-movie series supported by SilencerCo to provide exposure for their Salvo12 suppressors.
            Great footage of commercial drones being dropped by less technical means than jammers & raptors.

          • jcitizen

            Baldies and Ospreys are primarily fish eaters – Bald Eagles mostly carrion. That was the main reason Ben Franklin wrote his daughter in disgust about the proclivities of the bird. He complained that it was too lazy to hunt for itself and just stole food from the other fish hawks. He wasn’t particularly proud of its inclusion in the seal of the United States – rumors about turkeys are probably false, however.

            I should think a Golden Eagle would be a good enemy of the mini drones we see so much of..

          • CountryBoy

            Even a SpudGun would make a nice dent in one of these. It doesn’t really take much to bring one down – most have four rotors because it’s easy to fly. If you’ve ever tried flying an R/C helicopter with a single main rotor and one tail rotor you’ll see what I mean.

            Remember the old beach ball floating on the vacuum cleaner’s blower output in the department store? Flying a heli is a lot like doing that, but with a shoebox instead of a beachball – something NOT perfectly round.

            These drones would have never taken off (so to speak) if they only had one main rotor, as no one would take the time to learn to fly them.

          • TJbrena

            I do volunteer work with hawks and other birds of prey every Saturday morning. Red-tails give me no trouble, they’re pretty chill. The only really aggressive bird there is a Eurasian Eagle Owl that we think ended up in AZ as an illicit exotic pet.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thats interesting. Are they alcoholics or something?
            My neighborhood red tail leaves me a nice pile of steaming varmint guts on my porch every couple of days.

          • Gary Kirk

            He likes you.. My cat does the same thing

          • CountryBoy

            That’s a tip for the plentiful food you stock!

          • Hanzo

            Try to feed it cut up pieces of hot dogs. That always works. Build up to dorito’s and ya got ’em eating out of your hand, literally.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I dont want little hawk to get heart disease.

          • Hanzo

            That’s thoughtful. They do better on the Paleo diet, so I’ve heard.

          • Gary Kirk

            Use said pellet gun to take out some local tree rodents, then feed them to the little guy.. At least then you’re feeding them their natural food..

          • TheNotoriousIUD
          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but if you gib it some food, it’ll like you.

            Notorious IUD and HAWKBRO!

            You could be its human sidekick.

          • jcitizen

            HA!

          • jcitizen

            Good shot!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thanks I got lucky with my phone.

          • iksnilol

            Uhm… wear a hockey mask?

    • GaryOlson

      I might have to take up Estes rockets for a new hobby. With modifications.

      • jcitizen

        Why didn’t I think of that – I used to put home made warheads in them when I was a kid.

  • GhostTrain81

    I envision a future where all countries can settle their differences peacefully every four years in a giant global Drone War Tournament, where each country fields its best unmanned war machines and operators in a variety of events!

    Thus, years of Starcraft will make South Korea the leading world power. In the 2034 Tournament, drone operator first class Lee M. Kim got PLAY OF THE GAME by zerging the Japanese RX-78-02 “White Devil” with a horde of “Flamers” made by Samsung.

    • Tassiebush

      For the swarm

    • Renx

      Sounds like we have a winner to replace the ‘Robot Wars’ shows that used to be on. Flying combat drones waging flamethrower war on each other sounds like even more fun.

  • MrBrassporkchop

    I prefer my strategic drone jammer…It’s a system actually which consists a normal rifle and a bottle of bourbon. Let the drone owner know you possess said strategic drone jamming system and the drone never comes near your place, ever. The owner even tells their kids to stay away from you. It’s crazy effective.

    • Won’t let America die

      But – how about the bourbon?

      • jcitizen

        The drone owner will see the bottle and think you mean business!

  • derpmaster

    What’s the price tag? It just looks like two yagis and a power amplifier to me.

    • Mystick

      Waveguides, I would think.

      • No, it’s not waveguides.
        It’s clearly a a pair of Yagi antennas.

        • Mystick

          Clearly? Show me an element.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            YOURE OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT!

          • AzureRaptor

            THE YAGI IS NOT THE ISSUE DONNY!!

          • A 5Ghz waveguide would be 1.59″ x .795″, and those look larger than that.
            The dimensions for a Yagi seem to work, though.

          • Mystick

            Those look like exactly those dimensions, taking into account the molded plastic casing thickness.

    • Tom Currie

      Shhh….. I doubt they even bother with the power amplifier. A router (or the radio guts from a router) and a couple of yagis is all any of these devices use.

  • So it’s a pair of Yagi antennas and probably a Wi-Fi radio set to transmit noise?
    Man is this thing tacky and overpriced…

    • Hanzo

      You should go into business then. Just sayin. 🙂

  • Mystick

    This might work on commercial equipment, but not necessarily custom stuff.

  • John

    This is exactly the kind of equipment that could be used to disable so-called “smart guns”.

  • nabssb

    The new Ghostbusters film, finally makes sense.

  • Wingbert

    A 12Ga would do the job just fine

  • Brian G. Lowery

    The FAA has lost its marbles classifying these shoebox sized toys as “drones”. A real drone is the size of a buick. Remote controlled toys have been around for decades. Flying your RC toy over my property is no more than riding your bike on my lawn. If you want it, keep it on your property.

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  • guest

    jokes aside, I have two ideas about this:

    1) Drones WILL become more and more so a security concern for an ever wider variety of entities/persons. This thing will just keep on snowballing.

    2) “taking down” drones will only be easy only as far as unmodified consumer-market drones are concerned. Drones can be, with very modest modifications, become fully automated and “disconnected” from the user and thus ignore any conventional jamming. Furthermore the use of control/telemetry frequencies can be greately expanded making jamming a very difficult task. Beyond that still is full EM/ECM/jamming protection. Drones can operate independently of any remote control, either on autopilot or by terrain recognition, etc.
    So whatever small jamming antennas, “hawks”, whatever else, including use of firearms, drones can be designed to have a pretty fair survival rate in almost all scenarios.
    So how exactly a 99,9% “drone safe airspace”, let’s say above VIPs and what not, can be maintained without the costs of doing so being astronomical is yet to be demonstrated.