The security forces of Belgium were armed with two types of weapons against drones as part of the network for protection of U.S. President Joe Biden during his meeting this week in Brussels with Belgian King Phillipe.
Pictures of the two systems were published on social networks. The Drive website reported that the fact that the defense of leaders today includes anti-drone weapons is a reminder that the small unmanned aircraft could even be used for assassination attempts. Belgian federal policemen wielded a weapon that launches munitions toward drones as well as a device that jams and blocks transmissions using radio frequencies in order to cut the communications between hostile drones and their operators.
It was reported that the jamming weapon, made by Australian company DroneShield, can make the drone deviate from its flight path and even turn around and return to the location where it took off via radio frequencies. The weapon is said to be ineffective against autonomous unmanned aircraft, which are not connected to their controllers by a communication channel. In addition, autonomous systems can only strike static targets and not moving ones. The system that uses a rechargeable lithium battery is deployed by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the State Department and the intelligence services.
The second system seen with the Belgian security forces was the Skywall Patrol, made by Britain's OpenWorks Engineering, which fires small munitions using compressed air.