With the rise of consumer drones, everyone from the US military to Border Patrol are stocking up on anti-drone guns. And the Navy Times has a new video of the most sci-fi looking drone gun: Battelle’s DroneDefender. While they’re not available yet commercially, they’re definitely the future of shooting down your neighbour’s pesky drone.
The DroneDefender is designed to jam electromagnetic waves, causing the drone pilot on the ground to lose control of their UAV. And with a range of about 400 meters (roughly four football fields), it can even reach your neighbours on the other side of the tracks.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defence reportedly already have about 100 of these things. But the DroneDefender will no doubt face plenty of resistance when it comes to being commercially available to the public — most especially from the FCC.
If the Founding Fathers hadn’t intended us to own anti-drone sci-fi rayguns then how come they wrote the Second Amendment, which clearly applies here? Some people might insist that the Bill of Rights was written at a time when the most dangerous guns around were muskets, and thus the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to private citizens carrying AK-47s and grenade launchers and anti-drone guns, but those people are obviously dumb and wrong.
I, for one, can’t wait until we’re all zapping drones from the sky at will. [Navy Times]