It was inevitable with the rise of drones that a counterbalance would have to be created, and the timing just after Christmas presents have been delivered could not have been a coincidence.
The new drone Hunter system patrols a specific area in the same way that a no-fly zone works. On the ground, radar and other cutting-edge analysis devices watch the airspace for any unauthorised drones, which are then analysed, including their make, model and capabilities. This way, their purpose can be predicted – is it just a rogue hobby drone, or does this model come complete with heat-mapping, recording or weaponry?
Once this analysis is complete, and should the drone be defined as, “hostile,” then a monstrous six rotor attack drone is automatically sent in pursuit. This drone is equipped with six methods that can be used to eliminate the hostile drone, either with a mandate to preserve the enemy for further analysis or to stop it in its tracks. The attack drone is capable of a high-speed pursuit of up to 100 mph, and can use a net or grappling tool to take down the offending drone and deliver it to a base, or leave it where it falls. The entire operation is recorded by the attack drones and can either be monitored or controlled remotely by operational teams. In fact, should the operation be deemed to need a human operator, one can take over at any stage of the operation.
At this point, only federal and defence based entities – in other words, governments – will be allowed to use the Fortem system, but like everything else on the market, it’s likely that cheaper copycat systems will soon become available to everyone. This again brings into question the rights of individuals to patrol their own airspace, and what people actually own above their properties.
With drone defence systems coming into play now, and drone dogfighting inevitable in populated areas, government legislation in unpredictable remits such as this will become necessary in the very near future.