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US Army Demonstrates Dronebuster Counter-Drone System During Military Exercise in Jordan.

The U.S. Army demonstrated the capabilities of the advanced Dronebuster technology during the Eager Lion 2024 military exercise in Jordan. During this exercise, Sgt. Jose Arellano, from the 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, showcased how the Dronebuster effectively counters drone threats by overwhelming their control frequency. This capability is increasingly vital as the global use of drones continues to rise.
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U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Arellano, assigned to 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, demonstrates the proper form for employing a Dronebuster to counter drone threats at Eager Lion 2024 in Jordan, May 13, 2024. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Eager Lion 2024, a globally significant multilateral exercise hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, involves military personnel from 33 nations. This annual event, of paramount importance, aims to foster the exchange of military expertise and enhance interoperability among participating nations. It also underscores the strong military relationship between the United States and the Jordanian Armed Forces.

The Dronebuster, developed by Radio Hill Technologies (RHT) and now produced by Flex Force, is an RF jammer designed to neutralize drones. The device disrupts the drone's control frequency, forcing it to return to its operator. It can also interfere with GPS/GNSS signals, causing the drone to hover, land, or crash.

Since its inception, the Dronebuster has seen a remarkable journey of adoption and deployment. In June 2017, RHT secured a contract to sell 100 Block 3 Dronebusters to the U.S. Air Force. By the end of 2017, RHT had delivered 200 Block 3 units to the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO partners, marking a significant milestone. Following its merger with Flex Force in January 2019, the company has continued to advance the technology, delivering the 1,000th system in February 2022, a testament to its growing importance in modern military operations.

The Dronebuster comes in various configurations, including Block 3 and Block 3B. Both configurations can be used as stand-alone, man-portable systems or integrated into a broader counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) solution. The Block 3 variant supports line-of-sight (LOS) operations, while the Block 3B can operate beyond line-of-sight (BLOS).

The counter-drone portable weapon Dronebuster has a compact and lightweight design, making it highly portable. Block 3 measures 21 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width, and 11 inches in height and weighs 4.1 pounds. The Block 3B is slightly larger and heavier, measuring 22 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, and 10.5 inches high, and weighs 6.4 pounds.

The demonstration at Eager Lion 2024 showcased the effectiveness of the Dronebuster and emphasized the importance of such technology in modern military operations. As drone threats continue to evolve, the integration of advanced countermeasures like the Dronebuster is crucial for maintaining operational security and effectiveness in diverse military engagements.

Portable counter-drone solutions, like the Dronebuster, are crucial for modern soldiers as they provide a flexible and effective means to neutralize drone threats in various combat scenarios. These handheld devices can disrupt a drone's control frequency and GPS signals, ensuring quick and reliable defense against surveillance, reconnaissance, and potential attack drones. Their portability allows soldiers to deploy them in diverse terrains and rapidly changing situations, enhancing operational security and effectiveness while minimizing the risks posed by the increasing prevalence of drone technology in modern warfare.

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