In today’s rapidly advancing technological landscape, drones have become a significant part of both commercial and personal spheres. However, as beneficial as drones can be, they also pose potential threats, especially when used maliciously. This brings us to the critical topic of drone mitigation—specifically, the importance of time and distance in effectively neutralizing rogue drones.

The Importance of Quick and Safe Mitigation

Mitigating threatening drones swiftly and at a safe distance from their intended targets is crucial. Ideally, mitigation should occur without disrupting friendly drones or other communication and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) systems.

Rogue drone being landed by protocol analytics-based C-UAS system

Today, the most advanced Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) solutions leverage protocol analytics and cyber algorithms. These systems can neutralize rogue drones without affecting friendly drones or other communications. Moreover, they can disconnect the drone from its operator, take control over it, and safely land it in a predefined area, ensuring zero collateral damage.

Factors to Consider in Effective Drone Mitigation

Currently, there are only a few solutions on the market capable of such precision. However, they vary in their algorithms and methods of assuming control over the drone as well as in the way they adjust to real operational environments. When evaluating a C-UAS solution, it’s essential to consider:

1. Mitigation Effective Range: How far can the system detect and mitigate drones?

2. Mitigation Time: How long does it take to assume control over a single drone?

3. System Capacity During Mitigation: What happens to the system while it is busy mitigating a drone?

Detection and Mitigation Range

A counter-drone system’s mitigation range often depends on its detection range. If a C-UAS solution cannot detect drones early enough and at a distance, it will struggle to mitigate them safely, especially if dealing with multiple drones.

At Sentrycs, we prioritize ensuring that mitigation takes only a few seconds—usually less than three seconds. Additionally, we have increased the maximum range for drone takeover to 2-3 km in open areas, thanks to our smart RF module.

The Criticality of Speed and Range

The importance of quick mitigation and extended range cannot be overstated for two main reasons:

1. System Responsiveness During Mitigation: Typically, during mitigation, the system focuses solely on that task. If mitigation takes too long, the system will not update the sky view, meaning other drones may go undetected, untracked, and unmitigated.

2. Drone Speed: Drones are becoming faster every day. If it takes around one minute to take control, drones that fly 100km per hour will pass 1.7 km within that timeframe. If the mitigation range is less than 1 km, the drone will reach its target in less than 35 seconds.

With Sentrycs’ extended mitigation range, drones can be neutralized long before they get close to their targets, even at high speeds. In three seconds, a typical FPV drone travels less than 100 meters.

Continuous Sky View Updates

Due to Sentrycs’ short mitigation time, the sky view provided in its command and control (C2) remains updated and accurate. This enables the detection and tracking of multiple drones simultaneously. Moreover, the system can mitigate several drones sequentially within less than a minute while keeping the sky view updated.

Conclusion

While Cyber over RF (CRF) systems for drone takeover offer many benefits, they are ineffective if the mitigation time is too long or the range too short. Sentrycs’ short mitigation time and longer range make it the only effective CRF takeover solution available today.

It’s important to note that Sentrycs’ system handles only commercial, RF-based drones. For non-RF drones that rely on GNSS or navigation systems, and/or military drones, other mitigation methods—mainly kinetic means—are necessary.