A drone signal-jammer developed by three British companies is set to be tested by the Federal Aviation Administration in selected airports around America.
With the rising threat of unmanned drones near airports, there are more efforts being made from the U.S. Aviation Authority to stop the drones from entering airspace.
Enterprise Control Systems, Blighter Surveillance Systems and Chess Dynamics are the three British companies that created the Anti-UAV Defense System(Auds) where drone signals could be jammed, making them unresponsive.
“Countering drones is now a global issue and an increasing concern for the military, government and homeland security forces across every continent,” Graham Beall, the managing director for Chess Dynamics said in a statement last year. “It’s expected that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will be used increasingly for malicious purposes as they can carry cameras, weapons, toxic chemicals and explosives and are being used increasingly for terrorism, espionage and smuggling purposes.”
Auds is able to detect a drone up to six miles away through an electric scanning radar and then track it with daylight and infrared cameras as well as video tracking software. An inhibitor then blocks the radio signals to the drones. The process of taking down these drones takes between 8 and 15 seconds.
The FAA will select multiple airports that will receive trials for Auds, though it is uncertain which ones they will select.