'On January 1, at the inauguration of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da
Silva, police detected four unidentified drones converging on the new head of
Unmanned aerial vehicles had been used in an assassination attempt on a South
American leader before, but this time the security forces were prepared.
Moments later, presidential bodyguards used a relatively new kind of drone gun
to jam and "take down" the four suspicious aircraft, according to reports.
Images from the event showed men in dark suits with enormous, unusually
As it turns out, they were drone guns made by a Sydney-based company that has
recently scored a series of big contracts with government agencies.
Founded eight years ago after a modest crowdfunding campaign, DroneShield is
now riding a wave of demand for drone counter-measures. Its success is partly
the result of high-profile incidents such as the one in Brazil, as well as the
unprecedented use of drones in the war in Ukraine.
So how did an Australian company find itself selling cutting-edge drone
technology to the world?'
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics