Trespassing drones can now be taken out of the sky without using bullets thanks to a new rifle that uses radio waves to neutralize threatening unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Called the DroneDefender, the revolutionary rifle takes out drones by blasting them with radio waves, preventing it from accepting commands from its operator. Created by tech firm Battelle, the rifle safely neutralizes the threat, causing it to land undamaged or return back to its operator, according to company’s Tuesday press release.
“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 technical director Alex Morrow said in the press release. “It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.”
The DroneDefender weighs just 10-pounds and can successfully take out a UAV flying over 1,300 hundred feet off the ground in just seconds, according to Battelle. Unlike other drone-destroying-guns, the Defender is safe to use almost anywhere because it doesn’t spray bullets.
The rifle is expected to be most useful to the military when enemy combatants send drones equipped with improvised explosive devices. The press release announced enough rifles will be built by 2016 for federal use. (RELATED: Lockheed Martin Just Announced A New Military Laser And It’s Fearsome)