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Rogue Drones Have Met their Match

Posted on Oct 13, 2015

Battelle’s DroneDefender™ Brings Immediate, Portable, Effective Defense System on Display at AUSA in Washington Wednesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2015)—Aim. Engage. Stop. Battelle’s revolutionary DroneDefenderTM, is the first portable, accurate, rapid-to-use counter-weapon to stop suspicious or hostile drones in flight, providing critical security protection at home and abroad.

The Battelle DroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption technologies to safely stop drones in the air, before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety. The growing use and availability of commercially-available drones—also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—is raising concerns among defense, security and law enforcement leaders.

DroneDefender is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, lightweight, point-and-shoot system with a demonstrated range of 400 meters. DroneDefender provides instant threat mitigation, quickly disrupting the drone so that no remote action, including detonation can occur in sensitive areas. This minimizes drone damage and the risk to public safety.

“This is just the kind of tool we need to safely counter a drone threat,” said Dan Stamm, senior reseacher who led the project. “The DroneDefender can help protect us from those who may wish to do us harm.”

“It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites,” said Alex Morrow, technical director on the project. “It easily and reliably neutralizes the threat.”

This innovative device has a cold start time of <0.1 seconds and an operating time of five hours continuous. It weighs less than 10 pounds, depending on how it is configured.

Battelle is a recognized leader in national security, with the ability to quickly transform discoveries in the laboratory into mission-ready solutions. The research team that developed the DroneDefender drew from their own extensive military backgrounds as well as Battelle’s deep technology expertise and 70-year history addressing complex Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive (CBRNE) defense challenges.

Because it is designed to repel undesirable UAS attention without doing damage to the UAS, DroneDefender can be used stateside as well as abroad, with versions hardened for forward deployment in challenging environmental conditions. The DroneDefender can be either fixed or portable, with battery packs available to help protect any installation, mobile VIP or unit.

Click here to view a brief video of how it works and visit us at Booth 338 at AUSA.

Media: B-roll video available on request.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org. 

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org.

Media Contacts


Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208
Email: delaneyk@battelle.org 


T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544 
Email: masseytr@battelle.org