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SkyWall300 on show at Countering Drones in London in April


The OpenWorks team will be presenting the production SkyWall100 drone defence system at the countering drones conference in London April 17-19th.

SkyWall is a system that enables any security authority the ability to protect assets from the threats posed by drones. SkyWall100 is a man-portable, cost effective system that captures a drone in a net and then brings it to the ground under a parachute.

Please visit https://counteringdrones.iqpc.co.uk/?utm_medium=portal&mac=DFIQ_Events_Title_Listing for more information or contact one of the OpenWorks team.

SkyWall100 is operated by US Marines at the U5G 2018


SkyWall100 was put through its paces at the Urban 5th Generation Marine, Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held at Camp Pendleton, Southern California.

The handheld net capture system was operated by serving US Marines during operational exercises, simulating the urban battlefield. A series of drone threats were being used by the opposing force and SkyWall100 was used to defend airspace and ensure covert operations and freedom of movement was maintained.

SkyWall100 was deployed alongside electronic countermeasures to provide a layered defence, offering physical protection when drones penetrated the airspace. The system was operated so successfully, the opposing force started targeting the SkyWall100 operator; thanks to the mobile nature of the system SkyWall100 was able to stay operational throughout the exercise.

Marines gave immediate positive feedback on how easy the system was to operate. Many potential concepts of operations were discussed, including the deployment of SkyWall100 in strategic positions to help maintain the security of vulnerable points (VPs) once they have been accessed by expeditionary forces.

 

This event was completed over 6 days, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test & Evaluation.

European Federal Police Force Reviews SkyWall100


SkyWall100 was reviewed by a leading European Federal Police force during live fire demonstrations.

As part of a system of systems approach, SkyWall100 worked alongside other complementary technologies at a recent test/demonstration event. SkyWall100 captured all of the targets engaged during the event and showed how net capture technology can work alongside other techniques to provide a high assurance of protection.

The demonstration also showed how collateral damage is minimised when a parachute is included, as with the SkyWall SP40 projectile.