NT Service gunning for drones
With drones becoming ever more commonplace, there is an increasing demand for countermeasures to tackle the threat they pose, whether in military or civilian theatres.
At the Security & Counter Terror Expo in London, running from 5-6 March, there was a wide variety of anti-drone technology on show, including the EDM4S.
Currently available from Lithuanian based NT Service, the EDM4S (Electronic Drone Mitigation System) is a man portable jammer originally designed for use in prisons to counter smuggling, though the system has also been used by border control and some unspecified military forces.
Built around a rifle imitation frame and featuring a holo-sight or scope as required, the EDM4S has an advertised range of 3km, generating a 20° cone from the directional antennas. Available for €15,000 ($16,800) per unit, the system is provided with radio modules covering the most common control, video and GPS frequencies for UAVs – WiFi 2.4GHz, GPS 1.5GHz, GNSS 1.5GHz and 5.8GHz.
Weighing 6kg and running for up to an hour off a changeable battery, the EDM4S is an easily portable solution to a growing problem. The December 2018 incident at Gatwick airport illustrates the kind of disruption a single drone is capable of, and the chaos that can ensue without prepared counter measures being in place.
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