Israel produces new anti-drone system

Israel Aerospace Industries prepares for growing threat with Drone Guard, system to detect, identify and disrupt hostile drones.

Matt Wanderman ,

Heron UAV drone
Heron UAV drone
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has system for fighting hostile drone activities.

The Drone Guard, as the project is known, focuses on detecting, identifying and disrupting drones, Ynet reports. It even has civilian uses, allowing people to prevent drones from entering their private property.

"The use of small drones has increased dramatically over the years, making them a potential threat to critical infrastructures, other aircraft and homeland security due to their small size, low speed and low flight altitude," reads a statement from IAI. "These drones may be used for a number of reasons, including hostile purposes such as intelligence gathering, smuggling, or as weaponized platforms."

While Israel has a larger drone program than its hostile neighbors, it has already dealt with military drones from Hamas and Hezbollah during wartime. Most are intended to gather intelligence on the IDF's actions and make a show of force, rather than to carry out attacks.

IAI has already sold Drone Guards to a number of customers, though it has not identified the purchasers.