Soldier’s Cyber Rifle Easily Disables a Drone Using No Bullets at All

By: | October 26th, 2015

Believe it or not, hunting drones is already a thing for some people who own a shotgun or rifle and have some free time on their hands.

However, the US Army wants a little more subtlety when it comes to taking drones out the sky, which is where a cyber rifle, for lack of better term, comes into play.

Built by the Army Cyber Institute and demoed at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition​, you can see in the video below a solider shooting a drone out the sky without firing a single bullet.

Essentially, the cyber rifle utilizes a Raspberry Pi and a Wi-Fi antenna banded together to take advantage of a known security flaw with Parrot quadrotors that enables them to be ‘shot’ down.

The idea itself can be used for doing other things such as opening doors or turning off lights, but I prefer watching it perform like some type of wizard rifle.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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