Unleashing the DroneCatcher for controlled interception

15th June 2018
Lanna Cooper

Today it is easy and cheap to buy a drone. Drones have created new ways for smugglers and can be easily used to disturb public order and security. With DroneCatcher this can now be countered in a fully controlled manner. The DroneCatcher system is one of the very few counter-drone systems, which is capable of eliminating rogue drones by catching and removing the threat in the air and by bringing it to a harmless place.

DroneCatcher is initiated by Delft Dynamics, supported by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Military Police), the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice.

DroneCatcher is a multicopter, that is armed with a netgun. It can safely remove illicit drones from the air. After detection by for example a radar, vision or an acoustic system, DroneCatcher is able to quickly approach hovering or moving threats.

With the use of multiple onboard sensors, the netgun can be locked on the target. Thanks to DroneCatcher's track and trace capabilities, the drone will be caught by shooting a net.

After the catch, DroneCatcher can bring the captured drone attached with a cable, to a harmless place. When the caught drone is too heavy to tow, the target can be dropped with a parachute to ensure low impact on the ground.

At Eurosatory in Paris, Delft Dynamics is showing its latest version of its DroneCatcher counter-drone system. Due to the Releasable Drone concept of this drone company, it will be possible to instantaneously deploy the DroneCatcher after detection of an unwanted drone.

Thanks to the (powered) tether, it is possible for the DroneCatcher to stay in the air for hours and by unleashing the power cable, it immediately can fly to its ‘prey’ and shoot a net with DroneCatcher’s netgun system.

“As far as we know, we are the first in the world to show this releasable tethered drone concept and especially for countering drones, fast deployment is of utmost importance,” according to Arnout de Jong, CEO of Delft Dynamics B.V.


  • A DroneCatcher system includes a multicopter with netgun, a ground control station, transportation boxes, training and manuals
  • A camera, laser rangefinder and a track & trace system are used for precise hit
  • Delft Dynamics' ground control stations come standard with velocity control, and waypoint control.

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