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Sydney firm’s drone jammers ‘effective’ in Ukraine

written by Liam McAneny | July 20, 2022

A Sydney-based business that manufactures products to detect and jam enemy drones has said its devices are proving “quite effective” against Russian tech in Ukraine.

DroneShield said it’s been providing its products as part of a military aid contract, separate from the official Australian government aid.

Speaking on the use of drones in warfare, DroneShield chief executive Oleg Vornik told Sky News, “Drones, and small drones, in particular, were used in the … Armenia Azerbaijan conflict and the Syrian conflict.

“But interestingly, drones stayed off the front pages in those conflicts until the Ukrainian conflict came along and drones were front and centre.”

Now drones have become an integral part of a combined arms strategy that uses them for short- and long-range surveillance, dropping explosive payloads, tracking troop movements, and even jamming enemy communications.

Since being deployed, Oleg Vornik said of the system’s performance, “What we are finding is that even military-grade drones on the Russian side often used commercial off-the-shelf parts, so with that, we are finding that our gear is quite effective in both detection and defeat of those drones.”

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Last year, Australian Aviation reported how DroneShield signed a deal with a US company to place its technology onto tethered (TAV) drones.

DroneShield’s agreement with Zenith AeroTech would see the latter business place a miniaturised radar into its TAV platforms, supporting counter-drone or drone swarm attacks.

Tethered drones are devices connected to the ground via a physical wire or cable, which enables them to fly for longer and boast more capabilities.

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According to DroneShield, the partnership would enhance longer-range drone detection and countermeasure capabilities.

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