SKYWALL by OpenWorks Engineering

The Front Line of Civil Drone Defence

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Developed and  Manufactured by OpenWorks Engineering Ltd from United Kingdom The world’s only drone defeat system that offers a cost effective and proportionate response to the civil drone threat. 

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SkyWall100

SkyWall100 is a handheld system that gives a mobile operator the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope.

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SkyWall100 can be used as a standalone drone defence system but can also be integrated with a wider security system to offer a highly capable counter drone package.

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A single SkyWall100 system can protect an area or multiple systems can be deployed from mobile units to protect a large site.

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SkyWall300

SkyWall300 is an automatic system that can physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the target drone after the system has automatically identified and tracked it. 

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SkyWall300 can be used as a standalone drone capture system but can be integrated with a drone detection and security system to offer a highly capable and easy to operate counter drone solution. 

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A single SkyWall300 system can protect a small area and multiple systems can be deployed to protect a site.

PUBLIC NUISANCE – INVASION OF PRIVACY – SECURITY CONCERN – TERRORIST THREAT

Drones have already been used to carry out crimes against individuals and organisations. As the technology becomes cheaper and more widely adopted the number of incidents will inevitably increase. Authorities such as the Police Force, Prison Service and Counter Terrorism Units have already acknowledged drones as a growing threat.

Numerous incidents such as the well-publicised White House crash landing and videos of drones flying over commercial airport runways and large cities have sparked fear, resulting in the requirement for protection against potential terrorist attacks or fatal collisions.

While many encounters are not malicious in nature, they underscore the potential security vulnerabilities that could be used by adversaries to leverage drones as part of an attack.

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KEY SECTORS WHERE SKYWALL100 CAN BE USED:

  • Prisons
  • Private Security Firms
  • Police and Other Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Civil Defence
  • Critical Infrastructure Security
  • Border Protection Agencies
  • Airports and Transport Policing

CIVIL DRONE DEFENCE SYSTEM

SkyWall offers those exposed to the drone threat with the ability to protect the public, VIPs, crowds, prisons and critical infrastructure.

It is the world’s only drone defeat system that offers a cost effective and proportionate response, developed specifically for the civil drone threat. SkyWall allows an operator to capture and bring down a drone at a time and place of their choosing, using a combination of a compressed gas powered launcher and an intelligent projectile. Damage to both it and the surrounding area is minimised by controlling the descent of the captured drone.

CAPTURING A DRONE

Advantages of Physical Capture:

  • Higher confidence of threat mitigation
  • Reduction of potential collateral damage
  • Defence against any shape of drone, typically less than 1.2m in maximum dimensions
  • Defence against any type of construction material
  • Safe and controlled landing of the drone in cluttered ground space
  • Forensic investigation of the drone - allowing the network behind the threat to be attacked
  • The ability to mark the target with tamperproof paint - ensuring quick location of any individual that interacts with a seized drone
  • Defence against both commercially-available and custom-made drones
  • Defence against both command and autonomous operation
  • Interference free operation in RF/GPS dense environments individual drone targeting for use in populated airspace
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SKYWALL LAUNCHERS

A range of launchers to augment your existing security

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Modular launcher design combined with the intelligent drone defeat projectiles ensures that the SkyWall system is future proof.

The SkyWall range offers defence in man portable and temporary or permanent installations. Each subsequent system offers additional benefits such as increased levels of protection and ease of integration, depending on the threat scenario being considered.

SkyWall100

SkyWall200

SkyWall300

A highly mobile handheld system that allows rapid response to an incoming threat. The ruggedised design and SmartScope ensure minimal training is required

A semi-permanent installation well suited to organised events. It can be carried by two operators to allow for planned mobility and offers increased range

A permanent installation for use with critical or sensitive infrastructure. It is environmentally protected, semi-automatic and has the greatest operational range of any SkyWall system. Detection and target tracking is integrated, facilitating remote operation

THE SP INTELLIGENT SKYWALL PROJECTILES

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SP01 – Training Projectile

SP1 0 – Net Deployment

SP40 – Net With Parachute

SP80 – Net With Ecm

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The core technology in the SkyWall system is a pneumatically launched intelligent drone defeat projectile, the SP range.

The SP range of intelligent projectiles delivers a range of counter measures to incapacitate a drone and bring it to a controlled landing. This allows an operator to actively protect a designated air space, in response to an intelligence alert or threat level, and ensure that should a threat arise, action can be taken.

The SP range of intelligent projectiles is designed to be refurbished to ensure that the through life cost to the operator and the environment is minimised. 

 LAUNCHERS

A range of launchers to augment your existing security

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Modular launcher design combined with the intelligent drone defeat projectiles ensures that the SkyWall system is future proof.

The SkyWall range offers defence in man portable and temporary or permanent installations. Each subsequent system offers additional benefits such as increased levels of protection and ease of integration, depending on the threat scenario being considered.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

SkyWall100

Range:  Minimum 10m, Maximum 100m

Max Target Speed:  Approaching 15m/s, Crossing 12.5m/s

Environmental:  IP54, -5°C to +50°C

Weight: SmartScope:  12kg

Silent Operation:  Compressed air power minimises sound released

SmartScope:  Reflex scope with integrated range display (daylight only). Laser with integrated gyroscope and atmospheric sensor package. Audio feedback during reload and targeting

Reusable Air Tank:  Can be refilled locally around the world

Rapid Reloading:  Breach loading allows for quick reloads by a single operator

Safety:  A range of sensors ensure safety during operation, reloading and storage. Energy is only released when an SP40 projectile is recognised by the onboard computer. Designed to comply with the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC 

The SkyWall100 launcher is designed to be rapidly deployed by a single operator with only minimal training required. It has an array of in-built technology to ensure the user can capture multiple drones reliably and with minimal cognitive loading.

SkyWall300

Range:  Minimum 10m, Maximum 250m

Max Target Speed:  50m/s

Environmental:  IP54, -5°C to +50°C

UAS Target Capture Method: Net capture using an 8m2 high tensile net

SP40 PROJECTILES

Weight:  760g  

Composite drone capture net:  8 sq.m  coverage at point of capture 

Parachute descent control:  Example: DJI Phantom 3 drop speed of 3.3m/s

Safety:  The energy used to deploy the net and parachute is only received when the projectile is loaded into a SkyWall100 launcher. It dissipates quickly if removed from the launcher to ensure safe handling and transport .  components remain tethered together during deployment of the net and parachute. 

Minimising Cost:  The projectile is designed to be Re-useable

SKYWALL100 OPERATION

Minimal Skill Required Due to On-Board Technology.  The operator uses the SmartScope to sight the target drone. A laser range finder and Inertial Measurement Unit allow the launcher’s on board computer to calculate the launch vector and muzzle velocity required to intercept the drone.

Single button operation commands the SmartScope to scan for a target.

The operator receives constant feedback, illustrating when the laser is targeting from the drone. 

The SmartScope is actuated and adjusts its bearing to force the operator to redirect their aim, accounting for gravity drop. The on board computer will also calculate the required lead for a moving target.

The intelligent projectile is continually updated with flight data which is used to actuate the net and parachute deployments.

At this point compressed gas is released onto the back of the projectile. When the operator pulls the trigger the data is stored on the projectile control circuitry and the mechanisms holding the projectile are released.

MORE INFORMATION 

Southern Cross Drones have partnered with OpenWorks Engineering Ltd to offer SkyWall drone capture system in Australia, New Zealand and APAC region.  For more information about OpenWorks Engineering products  contact us by sending request to info@southerncrossdrones.com

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