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January 10, 2017

Anti-drone arms race accelerates

  • DroneShield has partnered with a government organisation headquartered in a U.S. Mid-Atlantic state.

  • U.S. military training area to be used for DroneGun tactical drone jammer and drone detection sensor demonstrations to government users.

  • Follows Iran announcing its own anti-drone jammer weapon.

  • Western militaries must maintain their edge in anti-drone arms race.

Sydney, Australia and Herndon, Virginia, USA, January 9, 2017. Earlier today, DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO), an Australian publicly-traded drone security company announced a partnership with a government organisation headquartered in a U.S. Mid-Atlantic state. Under the terms of the partnership, the government organisation will provide a U.S. military training facility for demonstrations of DroneShield’s DroneGun and detection sensor products to U.S. government organisations, and will facilitate such demonstrations, at no cost to DroneShield. In turn, the government organisation will trial DroneShield’s tactical drone jammer DroneGun product at that military training facility at no cost to the government organisation.

The partnership follows a December 2016 announcement by the Iranian military, whose interests are adversarial to those of the Western militaries, that it had developed a drone rifle designed to bring down drones. The Western governments are acutely aware of the urgent threat of drones and are in the early stages of adopting drone detection and counter-measure products, hence the recent roll out of DroneShield’s DroneGun. 

With hostile militaries, like Iran’s, rolling out their own anti-drone technology, it is imperative that the Western militaries maintain their edge. DroneShield’s recent drone detection product sales include those to the national security agency of a friendly Asian country, and to the Turkish Prime Ministry (with Turkey having the second largest NATO military force).

DroneShield is the only company in the world with a readily-available and cost-effective suite of products that enable their users to both detect rogue drones and deploy countermeasures. 

The products include:

  • Omni Sensor: 180 degree wide angle drone detection sensor with the effective range of up to 200m.

  • Long Range Sensor: far reaching drone detection with the effective range of up to 1km in a 30 degree cone.

  • DroneGun: tactical drone jammer providing effective countermeasures with an up to 2km effective range.

  • Onsite processor: drone detection in a tand-alone closed loop environment.

The DroneGun video is available here.

DroneShield is in discussions with a number of government and corporate users around the world, and is able to deploy its anti-drone solutions today, using its global network of over 30 distributors in approximately 50 countries.

 

February 10, 2017

DroneShield is pleased to announce that it has been invited to, and will be attending, an invitation-only exhibition conducted by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on 13-14 February 2017, where DroneShield will exhibit its products.

The exhibition primarily focuses on the Japanese defence industry market.

Japan is an important market for DroneShield, with several high profile distributors across key industry verticals, and several product sales previously made.

A high profile incident occurred in Japan in 2015, when a consumer drone reportedly carrying a radioactive substance landed on the roof of the Prime Minister’s residence. 

The importance of the drone threat to the security of Japan has been underscored by the reports of the Tokyo Police deploying a drone net following the incident.

 

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce a sale of its DroneGun tactical drone jammer product to the Ministry of Defence of a Middle Eastern country through the Company’s relevant distributor. The country is closely allied with the Western countries.

This is the first reported sale of a tactical drone jammer product to a Middle Eastern government by any supplier.

The unit was purchased (at a full rate price) on the basis of being a test unit, with a potential follow up order on a large scale to provide that country’s military with a counter-drone capability.

The order comes against a back-drop of rapidly rising terrorist activity, including ISIS formally announcing last month the establishment of a new “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit, a fleet of modified drones equipped with bombs. When announcing what effectively amounts to an establishment of an airforce, ISIS also claimed that its drones had killed or wounded 39 Iraqi soldiers in a single week

Governments in the region and elsewhere are acutely aware of the threat posed by commercial grade drones adapted for unlawful use by terrorists, organized criminal networks, and other nefarious users.

It is understood that the customer Ministry of Defence, as well as a number of other potential customers currently reviewing DroneGun, have undertaken an extensive review process benchmarking DroneGun against several competing solutions and, in the end, DroneShield’s products beat out the competition for several key reasons, as follows.

Effectiveness

DroneGun is a universally effective product against a wide range of drones, and does not rely on individual “hacks” to take control of the drone - unlike “cyber” technologies advertised in some of the products in the sector. Such cyber solutions are specific to each individual drone make and model – and often are not effective against frequency hopper models such as DJI Phantom 4, which is one of most popular drone models in the market today.

DroneGun also has a number of advantages vs kinetic solutions such as nets or bullets, as it allows for safe handling of situations such as drones carrying an explosive or a biological agent, can be utilized against a number of drones at the same time, and does not require consumables, reloading time or maintenance, unlike kinetic solutions.

Mobility and Deployability

DroneGun is a highly mobile product with a weight of approximately 5kg. This allows the user to deploy the product on patrols, or inside vehicles or near entrances to bases, as appropriate.

Availability

DroneGun is an existing product capable of deployment, as opposed to hypothetical “vaporware” solutions being publicised by some potential competitors, which are at best prototypes.

Affordability

While, as set out above, most drone security solutions one might read about in the press are “vaporware” concepts, there are drone mitigation products currently being offered by competitors, including several “prime defence contractors”, i.e. tier-one defence manufacturers.

The substantial cost of competing products has presented a substantial barrier to adoption of drone mitigation by budget-conscious government users. DroneGun is an affordable product whose cost is in the tens of thousands of dollars rather than hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, per unit. Government users can therefore afford DroneGun in large numbers, propagate DroneGuns throughout their armed forces and law enforcement, and give their people, who put their lives on the line for their countries, this additional protective tool that would be unavailable to them with a more expensive system.

“We are glad to both be on the right side of the fight against terrorism and deliver commercial success to our shareholders,” said DroneShield’s Chairman Peter James from Sydney.