2 + 2 = 5 with D-Fend’s Core Counter-Drone Concepts for Continuity

Four core concepts are at the heart of D-Fend Solutions’ product development, execution and roadmap: control ,  safety ,  focus  and  future-readiness . These ideas chart our mission and offer a superior counter-drone user experience for security agencies. By adhering to them, a fifth value objective, continuity , arises. The Four Key Core Concepts While traditional counter-small, unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) technologies – based on radar, jamming and/or kinetic mitigation – can play a role in multi-layered defense strategies, these methods do not offer full control . They are less suitable for sensitive and challenging environments, due to the high risks of false positives, communication interference and disruption. With jamming-based solutions, operators can regain control of the rogue drone when the jamming ceases. EnforceAir , D-Fend ...
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Rogue Drones Incidents are Testing Law Enforcement Personnel

Law enforcement personnel in California arrested a man this week that they allege was operating a small, unmanned aerial system (sUAS), or drone, with a bag of heroin attached, according to the Los Angeles Times . Unfortunately, this news is not surprising. Police forces increasingly find themselves dealing with rogue drones. Drones are becoming cheaper and thus more accessible to the public, sleeker, faster, harder to detect and more durable. Many can fly long distances and carry heavy payloads, and are easy to operate, which poses safety and security risks to nearly every type of environment. Terrible outcomes can even result from accidents, such as a drone colliding with a power line, or a moving vehicle. Law enforcement personnel want to ensure they are ready. Security Magazine reports that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel and police ...
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EasyJet Plane Near Miss Highlights Airports’ Drone Problem

An EasyJet plane traveling at 320 miles per hour just after leaving the Manchester, UK airport, nearly collided with a recklessly piloted drone, according to MSN . The Daily Mail offers details on the flight that took off in September of 2020 and carried 186 passengers: "A report by the UK Airprox Board which investigates near misses rated it as the most dangerous Category A incident meaning there was a serious risk of collision... The number of near misses between aircraft and drones has soared dramatically in recent years as the devices have become more popular, leading to fears of a catastrophic accident. Experts fear that an impact with a heavy drone could disable a jet engine or cause serious injury to pilots by smashing a jet's windscreen." D-Fend Solutions Can Help Our flagship counter-drone takeover solution, EnforceAir, uses non-jamming and ...
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Caterpillar to Butterfly is Like the Rogue Drone Lifecycle?!

As a child, I was fascinated by the poster in science class that showed zoological lifecycles. Seeing how an egg became a tadpole and then a tadpole transformed into a frog was fascinating. It's the same thing regarding a caterpillar hatching from an egg, entering the chrysalis stage and then emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Discussion of “lifecycles” isn’t confined to the natural world. This term is often applied to innovative technology. Maybe it seems like a strange comparison, but D-Fend Solutions’ counter-drone incident lifecycle actually has much in common with the natural metamorphoses described above. Like those natural processes, each stage in D-Fend’s drone incident lifecycle is dependent upon the previous stage. For instance, our flagship counter-drone takeover system, EnforceAir , cannot locate and track a drone until it first detects the drone. ...
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Tearing Down the Attempted Takeover Takedowns

Misleading claims about the counter-drone space continue to proliferate, particularly regarding radio frequency (RF)-based, takeover technology. There are a few reasons for these claims: The counter-small, unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) market is relatively new, awareness of new technology is still nascent and market education is in its early stages. Due to the nature of the business, it is difficult and often impossible to provide knowledge about full capabilities and field experience into the public domain. Some vendors obfuscate the concept when they hint at “takeover” capabilities that are questionable, harming perception of this approach. The benefits of takeover technology are so significant and obvious – the full control it offers system operators; its ability to preserve operational and environmental continuity; and the fact that it can ...
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Chilean Helicopter Collision Highlights Drone Risk for Aircraft

A scary collision between a Chilean Navy helicopter and an unmanned aerial system (UAS) has once again highlighted the tremendous risk to aircraft posed by drones. According to DroneXL , the navy helicopter collided with a DJI Mavic Air 2 drone. “Based on the photos, it appears that the drone and helicopter must have hit each other at a relatively high speed, with the unmanned aircraft going straight through the windshield of the Bell UH-57B (Bell 206B) JetRanger III helicopter.” The article adds: “Photos show that the drone crashed through the windshield…seemingly hitting (a passenger) in the face.” Aviation International News (AIN) reports that the helicopter made an emergency landing and the injured crew member was transported to the hospital with “moderately serious” injuries. A photo of the incident depicts a bloody mask. It is unclear who piloted the ...
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Jamming: Good Bob Marley Song, But Insufficient Core C-sUAS Strategy

I love the song “Jamming” by Bob Marley and the Wailers . It instantly relaxes me and puts a smile on my face, and gets me thinking about a traditional counter-small, unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) approach: https://youtu.be/RIMxmnfDSOs Jamming-based solutions, or hybrid solutions featuring jammers for mitigation, emit large amounts of energy to block drones’ controller signals. Looking at a specific sector, such as critical facilities and infrastructure , shows why jamming is not the ideal core for a comprehensive counter-drone strategy. Jammers can interfere with radio communications, which could hamper communications in the vicinity during an intrusion, such as a potentially hostile rogue drone rapidly approaching a power plant. Think such an intrusion is a far-fetched scenario? Two different drone swarms invaded the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in ...
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Welcome to the Counter-Drone Drill Blog!

The Counter-Drone Drill blog has officially launched, and the sky is the limit. D-Fend Solutions’ talented team of bloggers is comprised of experts with extensive experience in air defense, electronic warfare and cybersecurity, including personnel from elite military intelligence technology units, as well as D-Fend Solutions staff from across all functions of the organization. These industry and company insiders will analyze the most recent drone news and freshest trends, break down the latest technologies and offer insights that help you prepare for the future and gain more value from your counter-drone system. We plan on tackling topics such as: Tips and best practices for ensuring the continuity of your area’s transportation, commerce and communications while negating drone threats. Various types of drones and the different threats they pose. The ...
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