2nd Gen “Directed Energy” Anti-Drone Gun Released by Battelle

Technology research and development company Battelle has announced the second generation of its DroneDefender anti-drone weapon. First released in 2015, the DroneDefender’s initial configuration appeared to be essentially a radio jamming apparatus attached to an AR-15 chassis sans barrel. The V2 introduces a new external design, streamlined jamming apparatus, and integrated electronics. Battelle released a product video for the DroneDefender V2, embedded below:

Advertised as “directed energy”, the DroneDefender is in fact a high powered directional radio transmitter jammer, which exploits a drone’s auto-landing protocols to bring down a drone by overwhelming the controller signal with a high powered radio broadcast. This makes it potentially useful against commercial drones, but limits its effectiveness against hardened UAVs, such as military types. Therefore, the DroneDefender is best suited to the niche of non-destructively downing civilian drones which may wander into controlled areas, and taking down commercial drones used by non-state actors in a manner that preserves their onboard data for subsequent review.

At a fairly massive 15 pounds, the DroneDefencer V2 is substantially heavier than its predecessor, which reportedly weighed less than 10 pounds. This additional weight is advertised to come with new features, however, including better ergonomics, capability to disrupt additional frequencies,and longer ranged (advertised as above 400 meters). The weapon’s weight likely prevents it from being used in most dismounted capacities, but it is potentially a useful specialty weapon for static bases and from vehicles.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Kaban

    Don’t know their emitter/parameters, and battery type, but almost 7kg is quite hefty. I can’t help but notice that the gal in the video either shows off lightened prop, or does not slack on her gym time.

  • Major Tom

    Lame! When you market it as a “directed energy” weapon, you better be delivering a laser, plasma weapon, or some kind of destructive particle beam!

    This is just false advertising!

    • Phil

      RF weapons also fall under the umbrella of DE weapons (EMP/HPM type devices), but this is clearly not. Drone defender is and always has been a superficial jammer/EW device. Any non-commercialized drone can have failsafe turned off at the click of a mouse…

    • Kaban

      *mandatory 40 watt range plasma rifle joke*

  • Kamela

    Battelle? I thought they only made vibrators.

    • SGT Fish

      no joke, I drive by their facility in Columbus at least weekly. its so inconspicuous, yet they crank out some amazing 007 style gadgets. probably one of the lesser known tech companies that makes products people don’t even know exist. They make armored cars that you can’t even tell are armored. Have super computers that predict disasters. they even make Blackhawk helicopter parts. Its a mysterious place

      • derpmaster

        It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with revenues over $6 billion, almost all in federal government contracts. They administer and run most of our national laboratories for the government. It is indeed very mysterious, they have their fingers in seemingly everything.

      • Brett baker

        They also do a lot of R&D for the OHIO Soybean Board for new uses. (I am not kidding.)

  • Brett baker

    Although it might increase collateral damage, give a female Soldier a javelin. Then tell her the drone is taking pictures making her butt look big. No drone in 300 meters is safe.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Do soldiers really need a specialized weapon to disable a drone flying 20 ft away?
    Theres a brand new item on the market called “bullets” that might work.

    • ZuluHotel

      My only thought would be the intelligence you could gain from an intact example. Though, I agree that it would be way more fun to just shoot out of the sky.

    • derpmaster

      There are plenty of locations and situations where you wouldn’t want to shoot a rifle at a drone. Imagine somebody started illegally droning around one of the city military bases, like in DC or San Diego. Also on the battlefield presumably this thing does not give away your position, because it’s completely silent.

      • Stuki Moi

        If a drone was poking around within 20 feet of me, I’d consider my position given away…….

        I believe you are right about this thing being targeted at situations like your military base example. Fairly easy to mount on a guard’s AR, to prevent a nuisance causing slip up from escalating to a pr nightmare.

        For more comprehensive protection from drones, in more sensitive locations, you’d need more than individual weapon mounted countermeasures relying on human detectors.

    • Kaban

      Bullets do seem to have annoying habit of covering great distances and hitting stuff one did not expect to hit. It is not great deal at middle of Nowhere al Sandbox desert, but gets you in trouble when doing stateside security.

  • Some Rabbit

    Maybe Taofledermouse can develop an airburst 12 ga. slug with proximity fuse.

    • ozzallos .

      Going to have to set the fuse for the altitude somehow. Same problem AA has.

      • Some Rabbit

        I repeat, PROXIMITY fuse. The Navy invented the radio detection fuse for anti-aircraft use in WWII.

  • ozzallos .

    Or just a shotgun with a choke?
    Just saying. Especially if somebody decides not have a landing protocol in their drone?

  • Congo Rick

    Ooor. or..or…
    You can just shoot it.
    You know…..with a gun…
    Bird shot should work pretty well..

  • Rogertc1

    A 12ga would work as well.