Queensland Police will be using technology that will allow them to shoot drones out of the sky at next month’s Commonwealth Games.
‘Drone Guns’ are at the cutting edge of security electronics and have been supplied for the Games by Sydney security company DroneShields.
The devices are designed to disable drones without bullets, instead relying on radar sensors to detect moving objects, separating it from the background clutter like trees or birds.
Queensland Police will have access to ‘Drone Guns’ like the ones pictured during the Commonwealth Games
The security devices will allow them to take down flying threats up to two kilometres away
The weaponry has previously been used by militants in the fight against ISIS according to DroneShields.
Last year the company reportedly told the Australian Stock Exchange that one of its test units was purchased by a prominent military ‘understood to be deployed for testing in the Middle East.’
At the time, the spokesperson for the global coalition fighting ISIS confirmed the group had been using grenade-strapped drones in both Iraq and Syria.
In the year leading up to the Games, DroneShields taught Queensland Police how to handle the technology, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘It cuts the signal between the operator and the drone, so the drone can’t hear,’ DroneShield chairman Peter James told the publication.
On their website, the product is marketed as one which ‘utilises a multi-sensor approach to analyse and identify incoming drone threats.’
When threats are detected the ‘Drone Gun’ sends instant alerts through a variety of methods, including SMS, email or video.
At the Commonwealth Games, police will be able to take down drones from up to two kilometres away.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski is also urging people to ‘leave your drone at home’ during the highly anticipated sporting event.
Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that the technology would be used to keep crowds safe during the Games.
‘The Queensland Police Service will use a range of capabilities including DroneShield’s Dronegun to detect, and disrupt unauthorised drone activity during Gold Coast Games to ensure the safety and security of the public,’ they said in a statement.
Last year it was reported a prominent national military had bought a testing unit from DroneShields to use in the fight against ISIS (pictured is President of France Emmanuel Macron inspecting a similar device)
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4 to 15 and will see almost 6,000 athletes and over one million spectators stream into south-east Queensland from across the world.
The Games is expected to create up to 30,000 jobs, and inject $2 billion into the local economy.
It will be the fifth time Australia has held the Games and the first since Melbourne played host in 2006.