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US Army evaluates DroneGun MKIII C-UAV system

DroneShield's DroneGun MKIII handheld C-UAV system was tested by the US Army in September. (DroneShield)

DroneShield's DroneGun MKIII handheld counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system has undergone an evaluation at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona to gather feedback that will be used to improve the technology in the coming months, the company told Janes .

DroneGun MKIII is a 2 kg pistol that can neutralise individual platforms or swarms of drones in various domains using a radio frequency (RF) disruption approach.

The evaluation took place over the course of a week in late September and was organised by the army's Joint Counter-UAS Office (JCO).

The trials involved “various scenarios the [US] army had scripted for benchmarking the systems in a real-world environment with real-world test cases”, said Matt McCrann, the company's vice-president of sales.

He said the trials meant DroneShield was “able to capture a lot of good data that will continue to fuel our further development and innovations”. For example, the company was able to define the effective ranges of the DroneGun MKIII against various UAV targets and measure the impact against numerous command-and-control links, protocols, and on-board sensors.

The trials offered a range of lessons for the company, McCrann added, “We gained insight and valuable feedback from several operators on how they would prefer to stow, carry, and employ the DroneGun MKIII within their operational environments.”

The DroneGun MKIII is now just over two years old and was developed in response to military requests for a smaller and lighter C-UAV capability that could complement a primary weapon, the company told Janes at the time of its release in July 2019.

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