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Martek launches drone defence system

Martek Marine reports that it has developed a new system to defend against potential attacks on maritime targets by drones, named D-FENCE.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The maritime drone detection and defeat system identifies commercial drones within an approximate 20km range, providing GPS positioning of both drone and pilot together with the drone’s speed and heading.

The system provides a series of escalating stage alarms in real-time to notify crews of the threat level, with the alarm set-up configurable by the user.

Once a real drone threat has been established, the system enables an approximately 500m electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the vessel. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control/video signal will be interrupted. Martek says that this should then initiate the drone’s fail-safe mode, forcing it to land or return to its operator.

“Drone technology offers some amazing benefits to the maritime industry but, as ever, ‘bad actors’ will seek to use the technology for nefarious purposes,” said Martek CEO Paul Luen.

“The development of D-FENCE is a major breakthrough to help mitigate such threats and protect global shipping.”{/mprestriction}

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