This certification is significant because the DroneGun uses a number of radio frequencies to take control of drones. The Australian company seeks to offer a man-portable response to the increasing prevalence of UAVs and drones which have recently been used in asymmetric conflicts, including in Iraq and Syria by IS/Daesh. The DroneGun has been certified for safe use by human operators by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and complies with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s standards.
DroneShield announced the certification in a press release on the 27th December:
DroneShield Ltd is pleased to announce that its DroneGun MKII product has been certified as compliant for human exposure, in connection with requests by potential governmental end-users, in relation to their procurement processes.
EMC Technologies, a specialist SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) measurement NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) approved laboratory for global certifications, has certified DroneShield’s DroneGun MKII as compliant with the ARPANSA EN 62311 and EN 62209-1 (Australian and New Zealand Communications and Media Authority requirements for human exposure to radio frequencies) within the specific frequency bands of operation which cross references to the international ICNIRP standard.
The certification was obtained in response to the DroneGun product advancing through procurement processes with a number of major defence and other government agencies internationally, for which this was a requirement requested by several agencies. This international certification further underscores the leadership position of the DroneGun product, and is expected to assist the purchasing processes by the relevant government end-users.
The Australian company also has an office in Virginia and has demonstrated its equipment to a number of militaries around the world and in March 2017 demonstrated the DroneGun to the US military. The US FCC has yet to authorise the sale of the DroneGun in the US.
The DroneGun MkII has a reported range of up to 2km, is powered by 14.8V, 90wh Lithium-Ion batteries and has enough power for 2 hours run time. As well as military applications DroneShield note that there are numerous private security, law enforcement and prison applications for their drone detection and neutralisation systems.
Here’s DroneShield’s latest promotional video explaining how the DroneGun MkII works: