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Ukraine has a new weapon in the war against Russia. One that is cheap. One that is effective. And one that is designed to address Russia’s favorite way to hit Ukrainian civilians. It is a weapon that the West needs to invest heavily in for their own defenses and the defenses of Ukraine.

Ukraine has started using anti-drone guns to remotely disable and down Russian drones. In the process, it is allowing them to collect a wealth of information about opposing forces and their plans.

A Ukrainian company named Kvertus Technology has developed the KVS G-6, a long-range anti-drone gun that uses radio signals to jam Russian drones.

The anti-drone gun, manufactured in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk, has a range of up to three kilometers, or around 1.8 miles, and can operate for up to 30 minutes at a time, according to the product information from the company. There are current developments to try to extend its range.

While both Russia and Ukraine have used older anti-aircraft guns to shoot down drones, anti-drone guns disrupt drones without physically damaging them. The older guns would destroy the drone’s prohibiting recovery of information or further use.

The anti drone guns are also much more mobile than the anti-missile defense system such as the Patriot.

With the downed drones remaining intact, Ukrainian forces can recover intelligence from them. Some of this intelligence can be extremely valuable.

"We are not damaging the drone. With communication lost, it just loses coordination and doesn't know where to go. The drone lands where it is jammed, or can be carried away by the wind because it's uncontrollable," Yaroslav Filimonov, the director of technology at Kvertus, said.

Radio Free Europe published a video on the gun. Filimonov shows the gun disconnecting a reconnaissance drone from its satellites and control station, which stops it from responding to commands. See link below.

Once it’s signal has been disconnected, the drone loses coordination and either lands where it is jammed or is blown away by the wind.

The Ukrainian forces can then take the drone and read its data to gain valuable information about it, such as where it came from and any images it might have taken, he said. These images can be used to bolster defenses.

The anti drone guns are being used to defend Ukraine’s borders. The Ukrainian border guards successfully employed an anti-drone gun to neutralize an enemy UAV earlier this week.

Kvertus has made more than 80 of the guns since the invasion began, and over 100 were on order. It is not clear how many more have since been made.

The devices cost $12,000 each, which is about the cost of a small drone. However, many of the orders for the anti-drone guns have come from volunteer organizations and donors.

The weapons are relatively new and untried. The KVS G-6 was offered at least in January of last year, weeks before Russia's invasion began.

A similar weapon reported to have been used by Ukraine in the conflict is the EDM4S which Lithuanian-based NT Service makes. It uses electromagnetic pulses to jam and down Russian drones similar to KVS G-6.

More than 100 of the EDM4S have been distributed among the Ukrainian military.

Drone warfare has played a key role in the war with both sides using the devices for reconnaissance or to drop bombs, among other things. It is the first war where drones have played this significant of a role.

We will have to wait and see if Ukraine can receive enough anti drone guns to make a difference. They are much cheaper than anti missile defense systems like the Patriot and are much more mobile

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The anti-drone gun, manufactured in the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk”

Thanks to this publication I’d wager Russia has another city to be leveled.

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