Droneshield wins contract for latest handheld C-UAS systems

DroneGun Mk4
DroneGun Mk4. (Droneshield)

Australia’s Droneshield has won contracts from the US Department of Defense (DoD) and a US federal government agency worth around $2.2 million for an undisclosed number of its handheld counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS), the company announced on 18 April.

The latest orders also include a number of its latest DroneGun Mk4 system, which the company launched on 4 April.

According to DroneShield, DroneGun Mk4 is a highly portable device that weighs 3.2 kg. The new device sits between the DroneGun Tactical and DroneGun Mk3, offering improved performance over the lighter DroneGun Mk3 in a lighter and smaller package than the top-of-the-line 7 kg DroneGun Tactical system.

The company added that DroneGun Mk4 is effective against a wide range of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and can disrupt the control, navigation, and video feeds of multiple UAVs simultaneously.

DroneGun Mk4 can also be used in combination with other DroneShield products, including the RfPatrol body-worn detection device and the stationary DroneSentry multi-sensor detection system, it further added.

“The recent orders for DroneGun Mk4 and our other handheld Counter-UAS solutions validates our commitment to developing products with the end user in mind; intuitive and easily adopted into various missions sets,” said DroneShield US CEO Matt McCrann.

“As the C-UAS market continues to rapidly grow, fuelled by use of drones in Ukraine and evolution of drone technology in warfare, DroneShield is seeing record demand for its solutions,” added McCrann.

Although best known for its CUAS products, DroneShield has expanded into complementary fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and counter-electronic warfare (EW) development. The company has entered into research and development partnerships with institutions such as the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), which include work on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven computer vision under an Australian Department of Defence (DoD) grant.

by Jr Ng