Survey on Anti-Drone Systems: Components, Designs, and Challenges

Seongjoon Park, Hyeong Tae Kim, Sangmin Lee, Hyeontae Joo, Hwangnam Kim

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This paper presents a comprehensive survey on anti-drone systems. After drones were released for non-military usages, drone incidents in the unarmed population are gradually increasing. However, it is unaffordable to construct a military grade anti-drone system for every private or public facility due to installation and operation costs, and regulatory restrictions. We focus on analyzing anti-drone system that does not use military weapons, investigating a wide range of anti-drone technologies, and deriving proper system models for reliable drone defense. We categorized anti-drone technologies into detection, identification, and neutralization, and reviewed numerous studies on each. Then, we propose a hypothetical anti-drone system that presents the guidelines for adaptable and effective drone defense operations. Further, we discuss drone-side safety and security schemes that could nullify current anti-drone methods, and propose future solutions to resolve these challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9378538
Pages (from-to)42635-42659
Number of pages25
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Korean Government under Grant 2020R1A2C1012389.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 IEEE.


  • Anti-drone
  • counter-drone
  • drone detection
  • drone identification
  • drone neutralization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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