Counter-drone technology has already seen extensive use in certain applications. On the battlefield, C-UAS systems have so far most commonly been used for base protection, complementing existing weapons such as counter-mortar systems and surveillance platforms. There is also growing interest in portable and mobile systems that could be used to protect ground units and convoys. In civilian environments, counter-drone technology has so far primarily been used for airspace protection at airports, security during large events such as party conventions and sports games, VIP protection, and counter-smuggling operations at prisons. Common applications include airspace defense around sensitive facilities, port security, maritime security, and personal use over private property.
Systems designed to be used from either stationary or mobile positions on the ground. This category includes systems installed on fixed sites, mobile systems, and systems mounted on ground vehicles.
Systems that are designed to be operated by a single individual by hand. Many of these systems resemble rifles or other small arms.