DroneShield DroneGun used to bring down a drone at Commonwealth Games

Here's what to expect if you're being a foolish drone pilot, flying where you're not supposed to be, or breaking other common-sense rules -- your drone will be shot down and you'll face charges. That's the case in Brisbane, Australia, where Queensland police used a DroneShield DroneGun to bring down a drone breaching an aerial exclusion zone around a Commonwealth Games venue.

 DroneShield DroneGun Tactical, image via DroneShield

DroneShield DroneGun Tactical, image via DroneShield

The drone operator was apprehended, and at this time there's no word on whether or not charges will be filed. In February of 2018, DroneShield had announced that multiple units of the DroneGun would be used to help protect the XXI Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The DroneGun line doesn't use a projectile to bring down drones -- instead, the rifle-styled devices are high-powered jammers that can disrupt multiple RF frequency bands at the same time, and optionally jam GPS and GLONASS signals as well.

With many drones utilizing RTH (return to home) algorithms to prevent loss of the aircraft in situation where the drone loses a control signal, the drone often returns directly to the pilot, aiding in their apprehension.

The DroneGun Tactical can disable drones up to a kilometer away, while the DroneGun MKII is designed for 2KM coverage. At present, the DroneGun line is not approved for use in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission...but given the rise in illegal or careless use of drones, it's likely that testing and approval of DroneGun and similar anti-drone systems will move at a faster pace in the future.