This Suitcase Looking Rifle Made By Ukrainians Takes Down Drones



Counter-drone has become very important in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both warring parties are reliant on drones for reconnaissance, spotting for artillery and for ground attack. But for most parts drones are utilized for the first two purposes and they use both military, commercial and even some cobbled up drones.

There are different ways to do counter-drone operations: use expensive MANPADs which could have been devoted against the bigger aircraft; use of rifles by marksmen; and the most elegant, which is to use radio signals to disrupt controls to bring down the drone safely and intact.

One Ukrainian company make solutions using radio signals and these have an impressive range of 1,000 to 5,000 meters, depending on the model. Kvertus Technology are supplying the ANTIDRON KVS G series (ANTIDRON KVS G-6, ANTIDRON KVS G-3, and ANTIDRON KVS G-3 Mini).

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These anti-drone rifles look like some badly designed laser blasters for sci-fi movie in the 1980s, but inside these suitcase-looking plastic cases contain tech that can disrupt 2.4GHz and 5GHz remote control and video transmission, GPS L2 (and L1) and GLONASS signals. Once a drone loses communications from its controller, it usually activates a safety feature by immediately rather than stay up in the air batteries run out and drops like a stone.

This safety feature allows Ukrainian soldiers to retrieve the drone relatively intact where they can take it apart and study it, as well as check its captured footage for intelligence purposes.

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Apart from military use, these anti-drone systems can be used in law enforcement such as interdiction of drones used in smuggling of drugs and other contrabands as well as securing vital infrastructure from spy or attack drones.

The ANTIDRON KVSG-3 has a range of 800-1000 meter, the ANTIDRON KVSG-6 2,500-3,000 meters, and the ANTIDRON KVSG-3 Mini 3,000 to 5,000m. The company is now busing developing the units ordered by volunteer groups and businesses supporting the country’s war effort.

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