A "death ray" that can knock unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky from a mile away could be a boon for law enforcement looking to stop drug runners and others using drones in restricted air space, according to The Guardian
While some have complained about privacy issues with drones carrying cameras, drones have been increasing used by criminals and near facilities like airports, noted The Guardian. CNN
reported in May that the White House had one drone land there while the Secret Service stopped a man allegedly trying to fly a drone over a fence.
"If I can see it, I can kill it," Rick Sondag, executive vice-president of Liteye Systems, said at the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Expo in Las Vegas this week.
The drone-killing device was created by British manufacturers Enterprise, Chess Systems and Blighter Surveillance Systems and has been called an Anti-UAV Defense System, according to The Independent
. It is being sold in the U.S. by Liteye Systems.
The device fires targeted radio waves at drones, using the same wavelengths that operators use to fly the vehicles. The drone is overwhelmed by the competing signals and shuts itself down in the sky.
Because the device sends brief, narrowly targeted signals, other aircraft and communications system in the area will not be affected.
"The U.S. government, like everyone else, has critical infrastructure and if they don't feel like they can protect it, they'll pass laws that will hamper progress and hamper current use," Sondag told The Guardian.
Mark Radford, chief executive of Blighter, said on Blighter.com
that working with Liteye should introduce the anti-drone system to a wider market.
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Liteye Systems in North America to meet the growing demand for integrated e-scan radar and thermal camera solutions," said Radford.
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