The Wuhan Police Department in China is taking unauthorized drone piloting very seriously. Rather than letting these unmanned devices clutter the sky and enter unauthorized air space, the department has decided to take action. Using a $19,000 “gun” that jams drone controls, officers can now shoot down these potentially dangerous nuisances. Talented operators can shoot drones down from more than half a mile away, Popular Science reports.
Looking very similar to a rifle or something out of the video game Halo, these “guns” send laser signals to the drone, effectively freezing the controls and forcing them to make an automated landing. With a lot of high-risk events like soccer games and political events taking place, unauthorized drone activity is a serious issue.
Although this is the first department to use a drone gun, it is not the first time similar devices have been used.