The onboard computer of the DroneHunter F700 with AI algorithm identifies objects and assesses their level of threat. He tracks them and shoots a net at the right moment. Then the captured enemy drone is delivered to the operator or brought down to the ground by parachute.
This is reported on the official Facebook page of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
DroneHunter F700 is a drone hunter developed by Fortem Technologies in the USA.
"Fully autonomous, radar-guided, and purpose-built for superior speed and agility, it stops rogue drones day and night without resulting in costly collateral damage. The DroneHunter UAVs can act alone or in cooperation with multiple units to protect large areas," the Fortem Technologies reported.
According to the company's announcement, the DroneHunter F700 anti-UAV system’s dual firing capacity allows it to take out up to two enemy UAVs during the same flight – or use the second net to nail a craft that evaded the first one. Once back at the base, the counter-drone drone is designed to be reloaded and redeployed in under three minutes.
In addition, once the F700 is within range of the target, escape is highly improbable. Statistically, only 15% of target drones evade the first shot… and a second shot is usually ready to follow.
The drone's maximum takeoff weight is nearly 16 kilograms. It reaches a maximum speed of 65 km/h in calm weather, ascends at a rate of 5 m/s, and descends at a rate of 3 m/s. The drone can achieve a flight altitude of up to 4000 meters. The operational time ranges from 20 to 40 minutes.
The manufacturer emphasizes that the DroneHunter F700 will defeat enemy drones much farther distance than any ground based electronic countermeasure. Furthermore, capturing with nets reduces the risk of drones falling on people and property, and "captured" drones can be dismantled and studied.