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OpenWorks and DIT & EST deliver SkyWall100 Operator training to European Special Police

A team of special police officers became the first to complete the SkyWall100 operator training course last week.

Training was delivered by OpenWorks engineers with the assistance of military personnel from the Department for International Trade (DIT), Export Support Team (EST).

The first SkyWall100 systems were shipped in October and the successful delivery of an operator training course demonstrates the readiness of the system for operational deployment.

A series of classroom and field lessons were provided to ensure new trainees could safely handle and operate the SkyWall100 system. Training projectiles provided a cost-effective way of getting each operator comfortable with firing the compressed air powered system. Each new operator fired a small number of live projectiles during the final lesson. All trainees demonstrated a high level of competency when capturing drones in a range of scenarios.

Countering Drones Conference 06-08 Dec 2016

 Countering Drones Conference

The OpenWorks team will be exhibiting their award winning SkyWall100 drone defence systems at the Counter Drone Conference in London on the 7th and 8th December 2016.

Following the successful pre-production deployment of SkyWall100 in November, the OpenWorks team will be at the event to present the latest technology developments and exciting plans for 2017.

SkyWall100 Wins the MITRE Challenge By Stopping More Drones Than The Competition

OpenWorks celebrate winning the MITRE Challenge as Managing Director, Chris Down, collects the $20,000 cash prize during the MITRE Technology Day.

SkyWall100 successfully stopped more drones than any other team during the live fire event that was held in August.

Chris Down Collects the Prize for Best Interdiction


Originally selected from 42 entries, SkyWall100 was announced as the winner of the best UAS interdiction category at the MITRE Technology Day held last week. Eight teams competed in the live fire events held at the Quantico USMC base, in Virginia USA, and the unique SkyWall technology out performed all of the competition, a mix of electronic counter measures. Many of the drones were being flown autonomously and without radio link to the operator, something that prevented many of the jamming technologies from successfully stopping the targets.

SkyWall100 works independently of how a drone is being piloted and as such was able to protect the designated area better than any electronic counter measure (ECM) device. This successful endeavour further cements SkyWall as one of the counter-measures of choice when dealing with nefarious drones.