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Battelle announces drone disruption system

A device that disrupts unmanned aerial vehicles in flight has been developed by Battelle.

By Richard Tomkins

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A point-and-shoot device to disrupt drones in flight has been developed by Battelle.

The DroneDefender has a range of about 1,000 yards and is based on radio control frequency disruption technologies. It disrupts the unmanned aerial vehicle so that no remote action -- including detonation -- can occur in sensitive areas.

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"This is just the kind of tool we need to safely counter a drone threat," said Dan Stamm, a Battelle senior researcher who led the project. "The DroneDefender can help protect us from those who may wish to do us harm. It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites."

Battelle said the device has a cold start time of about .1 seconds, an operating time of five continuous hours and weighs less than 10 pounds, depending on configuration. It can be used in either a fixed location or can be used as a portable system.

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