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Australian company’s drone jammers help Ukraine fight Russia

Australian-made drone jam guns help protect Ukrainian military units against Russian attacks.

Sydney-based tech company DroneShield told it had supplied its equipment to Ukraine under a military aid contract.

The company was founded seven years ago with the aim of producing technology to counter civilian drones suitable for military uses.

One of the pistol-sized anti-drone jammers manufactured by Australian company DroneShield and supplied to Ukrainian forces. (New)

DroneShield chief executive Oleg Vornik said Ukraine and Russia’s use of drones during the war thrust unmanned aerial vehicles into the media spotlight.

“Small drones were used against Saudi Arabia, in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and in the Syrian conflict,” he said.

“But drones largely stayed away from the front pages of these conflicts until the Ukrainian conflict erupted and drones came to the fore.”

Since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, drones have been used by both sides to locate enemy positions, guide artillery strikes, track troop movements and jam the communications of opposing forces.

Vornik said his company’s Drone Gun and portable radio-sized units have proven effective in Ukraine, as many Russian drones used Western components.

“Even Russian military-grade drones use commercial parts…our equipment is quite good at detecting and defeating these drones,” he said.

DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik with one of the company’s drone jamming guns. (DroneShield)

He said the Ukrainian military’s response to the performance of the Australian-built technology was largely positive.

Drone jamming technology works by jamming the signal a drone sends to its ground station or pilot.

Vornik said he agrees with many defense experts that the widespread use of drones in Ukraine has changed the face of modern warfare.

Early in the war, Ukraine made extensive use of its stockpiles of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 laser-guided drones to strike long Russian troop convoys and supply columns.

The United States is supplying the Switchblade dive-bomber drone to Ukraine. (AeroVironment)

Since the war began, US and Western allies have shipped hundreds more drones, including an unknown number of Switchblade 600 “suicide bombers” that carry armor-piercing warheads and use artificial intelligence to track targets.

But their range is limited and they can only stay in the air for about 40 minutes.

Ukraine has pushed hard for more advanced long-range drones that can survive radio interference and GPS jamming and rely on satellite communications for control and navigation.

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