New York-Based Startup Develops ‘Handheld Iron Dome’ Anti-Drone System

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The New York-based technological startup ZeroMark has secured funding to advance the development of its handheld counter-drone technology, which is based on Israel’s Iron Dome all-weather air defense system.

According to The Defense Post, instead of targeting missiles and other airborne threats, ZeroMark’s system will use an artificial intelligence-enabled auto-aiming feature to turn regular, standard-issue infantry rifles into highly effective counter-drone weapons. The system is expected to sustain dominance over fast-moving, low-altitude tactical drones, enhance lethality and decision-making processes, and reinforce safety.

A statement by ZeroMark reads that the capability will “seamlessly integrate with firearms without additional tools” and feature friend-or-foe identification and real-time threat analytics. The company claims that its new handheld Iron Dome-like system will “revolutionize” modern warfare by its combination of precision robotics and computer vision with conventional armaments.

Joel Anderson, CEO of ZeroMark, stated: “The proliferation of drone technology poses an evolving threat to our armed forces. Our mission is to empower every soldier with a cost-effective, highly portable counter-drone solution that delivers unparalleled performance. With the support of our investors, we are ready to deploy this critical capability and ensure our defenders maintain a decisive edge on the battlefield.”

The company reportedly received its latest funding from firms “Ground Up Ventures” and “Andreessen Horowitz”. Jordan Odinsky from Ground Up Ventures said about the collaboration: “As a firm with deep roots in Israel, we have witnessed firsthand the critical need for companies like ZeroMark to provide superior precision hardware and software systems to those that protect and defend freedom and democracy… We are thrilled to lead this funding round which will enable ZeroMark to have an outsized impact on the way the United States and its allies protect their citizens, law enforcement, and warfighters.”