DRONE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS – HARD KILL

Previously, we read about soft kill drone suppression methods like RF Jamming & GNSS Spoofing. This week we bring you hard kill techniques such as integration of AD Guns with counter drone technology, net cannons, birds of prey and how integrated systems are essential in countering drones in the growing era of drone warfare.
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Drone Suppression Systems

In the previous articles, we have covered Drone Classification and Detection  techniques. Today we will read about Drone Neutralising or suppressing technologies, and keep it specific to Soft Kill Systems.

Drones can be suppressed by denying it access to a protected zone through soft kill or hard kill measures. Soft kill implies that the drone is not physically impeded or hit but neutralised using jamming. Hard Kill implies that the drone is physically destroyed or neutralised through some means.
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Multi Sensor Anti Drone Systems

In the previous articles we have covered RF DetectionRADAR Detection, and Visual Detection techniques for detection of hostile drones. As is apparent, these techniques have their peculiar advantages as well as disadvantages. For instance, RF detection is ineffective against autonomous drones which do not need to stay in communication with the ground control communication centre, while performing its mission. Similarly, RADAR detection while effective against autonomous drones would typically be unable to detect a hovering drone. Visual detection is affected by conditions of low visibility. Therefore, there is no one-size-fit-all solution for an anti drone system.
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Visual Detection of Drones

In our series of blogs on Drone Detection Techniques, passive detection was briefly discussed. Before we move on to a multi sensor drone detection system, it is important to touch upon visual detection as a technique to detect drones which helps in tracking and identification of drones as well.

Passive detection systems depend on detecting UAVs using sensors that do not actively  radiate energy.

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Radar Detection

RF Detection while a relatively cost effective option, it suffers from a few limitations. First is its inability to detect autonomous drones which are self-guided and follow a pre-programmed flight path. Therefore, they need not be dependent on the Ground Control Station (GCS) for navigation. This class of drones are more likely to be employed by the Military since they need to operate at extended ranges (few hundreds of kms to even a few thousand kms) from the GCS.
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Classification of Drones based on Endurance

Did you know a drone can be as small as a house fly, as big as a fully grown 6 feet human, and even Bigger? In recent times, as the world is moving toward a more technologically advanced side, we have seen more and more ways a drone can be used, from delivering food to making unimaginable videos to fighting wars.
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