Defense against small drones developed

A British startup company has developed a system for capturing small civilian drones flying over restricted areas and other areas.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- A new company in Britain has developed a system to disable and capture small civilian drones flying in restricted airspace or over forbidden areas.

The system by OpenWorks Engineering is called SkyWall, an air-powered and shoulder-fired device that launches anti-drone projectiles containing a net and parachute to capture a drone and bring it back to ground, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper .

"OpenWorks Engineering believes that security enforcement authorities need a cost-effective and proportionate way of protecting the public and high-profile individuals and we wanted to put a system on the market that offered just that," said OpenWorks Engineering Managing Director Chris Down.

SkyWall's launcher features a targeting computer and holographic scope to predict a drone's flight. It weighs about 22 pounds, uses compressed air and can fire at drones at a distance of as much as about 328 feet away, the newspaper reported.

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