+ No electronic countermeasure
+ Predictable outcome
+ Keeps the captured target intact to allow forensic investigation
+ Highly mobile to allow flexibility during the mission
+ Controlled descent using a parachute
+ All projectile parts remain attached
+ Targeted counter-measure aiming and release
SkyWall Patrol is an operationally-deployed system that gives a mobile operator the ability to physically capture a drone in a net, used in conjunction with electronic counter-measures for a layered defence, or in environments where electronic attack cannot be deployed.
It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope, that compensates for drone speed and range automatically. Conventional weapons often fail to incapacitate a drone and do not offer a proportionate response to the drone threat and they can also escalate a situation when used in the vicinity of large crowds.
SkyWall Patrol can be used as a standalone drone defence solution but can also be integrated with a wider security system, using the SkyLink module, to offer a highly capable counter drone package. A single SkyWall Patrol system can protect an area or multiple systems can be deployed from mobile units to protect a large site.
During the visit of the American President Joe Biden in Brussels last month, SkyWall Patrol was deployed as part of a layered defence of counter drone systems. The 3rd US President to be protected by SkyWall Patrol along with other state heads during the NATO summit in June.
The SkyWall Patrol system was used by two law enforcement authorities to ensure that any drones that violated the airspace would be captured to allow forensic investigation. As part of a fast-paced program to set up the initial operational capability in Belgium, operators were recently trained at OpenWorks, in the Northeast of England, before flying back to deploy the equipment.
The SkyWall Patrol was used alongside the Dronegun Tactical from Droneshield, following the well proven technical approach of combining electronic defeat and physical capture. Both systems were selected after a rigorous test and evaluation process which was complete by 2020, as part of the EU Internal Security Fund – Police project SKYFALL.