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  • The test measures electromagnetic emission levels on human operators
  • The certification is a requirement for deployment within the French military
  • Other European countries may use the DroneGun under the DREP certification

In the war of drones, electronic warfare meets aviation, and this requires weapons equally powerful to match. Many counter-drone measures however, are based around energy and signal transmittance, in order to sever communication from the drone from its controller. These type of weapons may inadvertently end up harming the individual utilising the device, and are tested thoroughly to evaluate their effect on the human body.

One of these such tests is known as ‘Dangers des Rayonnements Electromagnétiques sur les Personnels’ (“DREP”) or ‘Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards on Personnel’ in English. Emission levels are measured for a variety of weapons that are undergoing procurement testing for the French military. That being said, many other European countries also look to the DREP test for defensive weapons testing.

The DroneShield ‘DroneGun’ was successfully certified as compliant in the test, opening up new avenues to sales within European military markets. Its weight and mobility means it can be carried by a single soldier, satisfying extreme weather conditions and allowing for the takedown of drones several kilometres away from the squad. Recent studies by the US army have concluded that drones in the battlefield are an immediate compromise to their position – either by enemy drones with camera capabilities or friendly drones with hacked camera feeds.

It is unknown if testing by the DREP standard indicates a sale to the French army. Given their active deployment in Operation Chammal and participation in the Battle of Mosul, the DroneGun would become a handy asset to their troops in Iraq and Syria fighting ISIL.

DroneShield has been actively trialing DroneGun with a number of military groups globally over the recent months, as drone deployments in armed conflicts continue to rise. Below, a new video from DroneShield demos the DroneGun at an army demonstration.

The original press release can be viewed here.

Who is DroneShield?

We first learned of DroneShield when it was announced they would be the ones protecting the Boston Marathon after the previous year’s fatal terrorist bombing. We thought that was a move that took integrity, not just trying to line their own pockets. When they announced they were opening up a Sydney office and doing an Australian IPO, we couldn’t miss the chance to invest!

The company is currently based in Sydney and Virginia, a world-wide leader in drone security technology. They developed the pre-eminent drone security solution (DroneShield) that protects people, organisations and critical infrastructure from intrusion from drones. Its leadership brings world-class expertise in engineering and physics, combined with deep experience in defence, intelligence, and aerospace. Heavy spending into its research sector has recently resulted in the DroneGun – a tactical anti-drone weapon capable of taking down drones peacefully within a nifty range.

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The various uses of DroneShield technology (droneshield.com)

Can I invest in the company? How much are shares?

Yes you can! To invest in DroneShield, simply open an account with a broker (we invest in DroneShield using the CommSec app) and select DRO on the ASX to trade in shares. DroneShield also keeps in touch with their investors in the latest news and press releases via ASX and via their investors portal.

DroneShield’s is currently hovering at ~$0.300 a share in June 2017.