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The U.S. Army Can Now Shoot Down Trespassing Drones

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What Caused The U.S. Army To Create This New Policy?

Geofencing on most consumer drones already prevents flight access to unauthorized air space, but hacks like what Coptersafe offers help bypass software restrictions. DJI has taken steps to update their consumer drones with firmware updates which prevent modifications, but hackers are still changing flight parameters by sticking to older firmware versions. The rise of hacked quadcopters have been a concern for not only the military but airports worldwide. Since there are almost daily reports of close-encounter incidences with planes and drones, it was only a matter of time before U.S. Military responded with a new policy.

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How Will The U.S. Army Take Down Drones?

Anti-UAV technology is already available, but the U.S. Army hasn’t shared the methods in which they will disable or destroy drones. If they wish to fully prosecute trespassing drone operators, then they will have to disable a drone without fully destroying it and trace back the drone pilot. It is more difficult to track a rogue drone operator than an unauthorized airplane, so the U.S. Army will have to invest in something like a drone gun which can jam and land a UAV.

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Raytheon’s laser dune buggy can shoot down up to three drones at a time from nearly a mile away.

The right to shoot down drones is now an official policy, so be warned if you attempt to fly on U.S. military bases!


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