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Anti-UAV complex SkyWall 100 (UK)

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Anti-UAV complex SkyWall 100 (UK)
SkyWall 100 in combat position


With the development and spread of unmanned aerial vehicles, incl. light multicopters for civil use, the issue of protection from such equipment is becoming more and more urgent. Various methods of counteraction and interception are proposed, based on different principles. The original product is offered by the British company OpenWorks Engineering - the SkyWall 100 grenade launcher and a family of products based on it.

Against the background of competitors


The SkyWall 100 product was first shown in 2016. The development company demonstrated the appearance of the complex and its components, published basic information, and also showed how all these products work. The grenade launcher attracted the attention of specialists and the public, and later went into series and went to the first customers.

The development company mentioned that modern anti-UAV weapons have significant drawbacks. Specialized electronic warfare systems interfere with the operation of the surrounding electronics, which makes it difficult or excludes their use in a number of situations. Shooting weapon or other kinetic systems could cause serious collateral damage. In doing so, they destroy the UAV, which seriously complicates the search for its attacker operator.


When developing SkyWall 100, these problems were taken into account, as a result of which it is based on the well-known idea of ​​catching a drone with a net. Due to the use of special ammunition and a special fire control system, only the UAV target is captured without damage to surrounding objects. In this case, the target returns to the ground without significant damage.

The SkyWall 100 grenade launcher is proposed for use at various facilities and territories where UAV flights are prohibited. These can be military bases, civilian airfields, airspace over mass events, etc. The technical and operational features of the complex were supposed to simplify such its use with sufficient safety for others.

From a grenade launcher to a UAV


The SkyWall 100 complex and some variants of its development include several basic products for different purposes. The basis of the complex is a starting device with an optical-electronic sighting unit. The launcher is made in the form factor of a grenade launcher for shooting from the shoulder. The total length of the product is 1,3 m with a height and width (excluding the scope) approx. 300 mm. Weight - 12 kg. The complex is transported partially disassembled in a hard case.


The SkyWall 100 grenade launcher is made in a plastic case, which gives it a futuristic appearance. A light barrel runs along the hull. The breech is designed in the form of an extended chamber with a rear shutter cover for loading grenades. In front, under the barrel, there are firing controls, under the breech there is a replaceable compressed air cylinder.

The ammunition is launched pneumatically by opening the valve and supplying gas from the cylinder. The pressure in the cylinder reaches 4500 psi (306 atm), which makes it possible to throw grenades at a range of 120-200 m and a height of up to 90-100 m. One cylinder ensures the production of several shots, after which it is replaced.

The sighting system of the complex has optoelectronic and laser rangefinder channels. It is capable of automatically tracking a specified air target, measuring the range to it and generating corrections for firing. In addition, the sight transmits data to the grenade electronics through a separate programmer on the barrel.


Shooter with a grenade launcher at the Berlin Air Show, 2018

The sight and grenade launcher provide firing at small-sized UAVs moving at a speed of no more than 15 m / s in the direction of the shooter or at 12,5 m / s along the front. The minimum firing range, due to the principle of the grenade, is 10 m. The maximum one depends on the type of ammunition. It takes no more than 8-10 seconds to reload after a shot (without replacing the cylinder).

Ammunition Nomenclature


For use with the grenade launcher, five types of ammunition are offered with different characteristics and capabilities. Customers are offered three types of "combat" grenades and two practical. This allows you to choose the grenade that best suits the current task, as well as train shooters.



Loading process, the design of the ammunition is visible

The "combat" grenade for SkyWall 100 has a streamlined body that contains a net with angular weights and simple electronics. A thin tubular tail with a tail is installed on the body. Practical ammunition has the same design, but differs in a one-piece body and no mesh.

Immediately before firing, the grenade receives data on the range to the target, after which it is sent flying along the calculated trajectory. At a given point of flight, the automation opens the body and fires off a strong net with an area of ​​8 square meters, which literally entangles the UAV and blocks its propellers. The net can be equipped with a parachute for the safe descent of the captured drone.


Grenade threw the net - drone camera shooting

Grenades differ in their characteristics and functions. Thus, the SP10 product is capable of catching UAVs at ranges of up to 150 m, but its net does not have a parachute and does not provide a soft landing. The SP40 allows you to capture and land the drone by parachute, but its maximum range is lower - 120 m. On the basis of these ammunition, practical TR10 and TR40 have been created. A grenade with an SP40-ER or SP90 reticle increases the range of the complex to 200 m and provides target rescue.

Weapons in service


The product quickly attracted the interest of potential customers. Thus, in 2018 it was reported that SkyWall 100 systems would be used to ensure the safety of the Berlin Air Show. They were included in a large multicomponent air defense system, capable of intercepting targets of all major classes, from light UAVs.

This year, a modification of the SkyWall Patrol system entered testing in the US Army. The Pentagon is showing great interest in the means of protection against UAVs, incl. not posing a threat to surrounding objects. After passing all the necessary tests, the new version of the SkyWall can enter service and supplement other light air defense systems.


UAV grid on the ground

Entering the United States could have the most serious consequences. First of all, this will lead to the receipt of orders that are record large for the developer company. In addition, other foreign countries may be interested in the system, which will result in new orders - and additional income.

Reasons for success


The SkyWall 100 product from OpenWorks Engineering found customers and went into operation. The reasons for the interest from potential operators are clear and obvious. This development offers a fairly simple and effective solution to an actual problem that does not impose special restrictions.

A grenade launcher with special "mesh" ammunition is able to effectively catch compact multicopters within a radius of tens and hundreds of meters, and then lower them to the ground for further investigations. At the same time, shooting and preparing for it are not difficult. Other developments of this class do not yet have a similar ratio of performance and performance characteristics, which gives SkyWall 100 a noticeable competitive advantage.


SkyWall Auto complex by car

It is curious that OpenWorks Engineering does not stop developing its anti-UAV systems. On the basis of the SkyWall 100 portable grenade launcher, a similar product, SkyWall Patrol, was created. An automated SkyWall Auto turret was developed for stationary and mobile platforms. Such systems can also find application in different structures and effectively protect given territories from drones.

At present, a variety of anti-UAV weapons are being developed and introduced to the market, working on different principles - capable of suppressing, destroying or landing a target. The commercial successes of the SkyWall family clearly show that catching a drone with a net is quite effective and satisfies potential customers.
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  1. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 5 October 2020 18: 30 New
    -2
    Will go against civilian drones, against the military a useless toy.
    1. viktor_ui
      viktor_ui 5 October 2020 18: 49 New
      +6
      And nothing, that it is positioned for the civil sector and the cops in the photo with the air show in pursuit from different angles. Wearable, pickup options ... people work fellow And what are you catching army drones with at your leisure, what are your best practices and photo evidence ... sire wassat ?
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 5 October 2020 18: 51 New
        -1
        Have you read the article?

        This year, a modification of the SkyWall Patrol system entered testing in the US Army. The Pentagon is showing great interest in the means of protection against UAVs, incl. not posing a threat to surrounding objects. After passing all the necessary tests, the new version of the SkyWall can enter service and supplement other light air defense systems.
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 5 October 2020 19: 06 New
          +1
          Quote: OgnennyiKotik
          Have you read the article?

          I am afraid that out of ten nine drones that the American army encounters, it is necessary to catch these devices.
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 5 October 2020 19: 09 New
            +2
            So, yes, and it is also necessary to protect city objects. Embassies, bases, ships in ports there from 50 caliber is dangerous to shoot. But again, the enemy is more likely to be converted civilian drones.
            1. Boris ⁣ Shaver
              Boris ⁣ Shaver 5 October 2020 21: 43 New
              +2
              Quote: OgnennyiKotik
              Again, the enemy is more likely to be converted civilian drones.

              As far as I understand, in more or less normal civilian drones there is a software height limitation. We have, it seems, 500 m, they have just 150 m. Removing the software restriction of labor does not amount to. And now the attacker has a drone in his hands with a radius of kilometers. And that's not to mention that the same Oplan-10 in geodetic design (quite a civilian machine) flies at an altitude of thousands of meters over distances of tens and even hundreds (autonomous mode) of kilometers.
              As a result, this toy has a very narrow range of applications.
              1. l7yzo
                l7yzo 7 October 2020 14: 12 New
                0
                Well, the essence of this thing is to capture the infiltrators. If the drone hangs a couple of kilometers above - and let it weigh, others will knock it down there. But if he hangs up and listens and writes in a couple of hundred meters, then it's just a varick to take. He will tell "alive" a lot about the creators and owners. And the technology is worth looking at.
            2. Old Skeptic
              Old Skeptic 6 October 2020 18: 17 New
              0
              Why doesn't a shotgun fit?
        2. viktor_ui
          viktor_ui 5 October 2020 19: 08 New
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          Yes, I read it and I see, obviously, igruhi for UAVs of the civil sector ... now read your resume and put it on the photo in the article. So far I do not see anything from the list of those who entered the tests in the USA ... maybe I didn't fit into the screen?
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 5 October 2020 19: 13 New
            +1
            Quote: viktor_ui
            So far, I do not see anything from the list entered for testing in the United States ...

      2. Lopatov
        Lopatov 5 October 2020 19: 07 New
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        Quote: viktor_ui
        positioned for the civil sector

        Is the protection from drones, for example, Andersen airbase a civilian sector or a military one?
        1. viktor_ui
          viktor_ui 5 October 2020 19: 14 New
          +3
          A military drone operates with a couple of another hundred meters, where is it caught with a net ??? Come on wassat For me, these are fly swatters of the civilian sector ... although in the highlands it will go
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 5 October 2020 19: 18 New
            +1
            Quote: viktor_ui
            For me, these are civilian fly swatters.

            Is it not necessary to protect airbases, for example, in the United States from drones? After all, it does not matter which drone is sucked into the air intake of a fighter, a terrorist one from Aliexpress or a patriotic American one. laughing

            And it can be used not only in mountainous areas.
            1. viktor_ui
              viktor_ui 5 October 2020 19: 20 New
              0
              city ​​gorges - I agree drinks
              1. Sergey_G_M
                Sergey_G_M 6 October 2020 02: 18 New
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                In the "city gorges" just not very much.
                The problem is in aiming: the operator aims the sight at the drone (the sight with a video camera that recognizes the target plus information from the gyroscopes unit - makes it possible to calculate the angular velocity of the target), the laser rangefinder constantly reads the range, after recognition, the operator takes some time to calculate the trajectory. After that, a lead marker is issued to the operator's sight where to shoot and a delay is introduced into the projectile for its timely deployment. The operator aims at the marker - shoots.
                As you can see, everything will work well in an open field in good weather against the background of a clear sky for a drone flying straight at a constant speed.
                1. Flying a drone between trees - the recognition system and the rangefinder go crazy, the net gets tangled in the branches.
                2. In mountainous terrain - against the background of mountains (the underlying surface), the target may not be recognized and the electronics will not take it for tracking, and the range and height for mountainous terrain is catastrophically small.
                3. In "city gorges" - there may not be enough time for aiming and grabbing with a shot, plus the same problems with grabbing and rangefinder.

                In general, such a product, and for it it is still very desirable that the operator was warned in advance when and where the target will appear, and given the range and height of the defeat, it is completely sad.
        2. Jacket in stock
          Jacket in stock 6 October 2020 05: 43 New
          +1
          During hostilities, yes, this "fly swatter" is unlikely to help. Well, now is it a war?
          And in peacetime, catching hooligans is the very thing.
  2. ares1988
    ares1988 5 October 2020 19: 09 New
    0
    Doubtful idea; Electronic warfare (or laser) will somehow be more reliable.
  3. paco.soto
    paco.soto 5 October 2020 19: 16 New
    -1


    In 2016, the captured drone had a price closer to 900 €, now it is cheaper. it is interesting to know the price of these "MANPADS"
  4. viktor_ui
    viktor_ui 5 October 2020 19: 17 New
    +2
    I watched a video where a drone chases another drone and catches it with a net - it will be cooler and more interesting.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 5 October 2020 19: 24 New
      +3
      Quote: viktor_ui
      I watched a video where a drone chases another drone and catches it with a net - it will be cooler and more interesting.

  5. Vitaly Tsymbal
    Vitaly Tsymbal 5 October 2020 19: 37 New
    0
    We must remember about unmanned airships on ropes between which there are nets, and then it’s for sure all the UAVs are fucked up ...
  6. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 5 October 2020 19: 58 New
    +1

    UAV-interceptor "KARNIVORA" with throwing devices for nets ...
  7. Gado
    Gado 5 October 2020 20: 46 New
    0
    which allows you to throw grenades at a distance of 120-200 m and a height of up to 90-100 m.

    The sight and grenade launcher provide firing at small-sized UAVs moving at a speed of no more than 15 m / s in the direction of the shooter or at 12,5 m / s along the front.

    And I thought it was something serious. And it is for catching toys. Although, as I think it might be a good start.
  8. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 5 October 2020 21: 33 New
    -1
    To catch ducks with geese on the lake.
    And the rest - pampering with nets.
    When you have a dozen kamikaze drones on you
    fly, throw your wunderwolf and run.
  9. Old Skeptic
    Old Skeptic 6 October 2020 18: 29 New
    0
    I did not understand something.
    Isn't a shotgun simpler and cheaper? Or does someone think that the drone can catch the operator? And if there isn't a whole drone for a fig? If it falls, it will still break.
    Or is it just not fashionable and too simple and cheap?
    Well, Kalashnikov put the shotgun on the drone.