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These Are the 7 Anti-Drone Weapons the US Military Plans to Invest In
Off-the-shelf unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles at McGregor Range
FILE -- Soldiers from 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West,
developed a course of instruction to counter the threat of commercial,
off-the-shelf unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles at McGregor Range
Complex, N.M., June 28, 2019. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Mylinda DuRousseau)
30 Jun 2020
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk
The U.S. Army has come up with an initial list of the best usable
counter drone technologies to destroy or deter quadcopters and other
unmanned systems that pose a threat to troops and bases overseas.
The service, which was tasked with overseeing the Joint Counter-Small
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office in November, has authorized seven
defensive countermeasures out 40 systems "needed to primarily detect,
access, and engage with enemy drones," it said in a release.
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In January, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Ellen Lord announced that the Defense Department had established an
office focused on addressing the growing challenge of targeting
often-lethal adversary drones. The goal of the 60-person counter-drone
team, led by Army Maj. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, was to determine the best
systems for the task.
The Army also identified a single streamlined command and control, or
C2, system that will work as the standard for its counter drone
operations, Gainey said.
"This will allow the plug-and-play of emerging technology from industry
into our architecture," he said in the release.
That way, the tech -- from zappers to radio jammers -- will integrate
the department's networks from the start and not be limited by
incompatible parts, Gainey said.
That doesn't mean the many anti-drone devices and systems the Pentagon
currently uses are headed to the junkyard. The Army said those will stay
in use until they can be replaced with one of the systems on the
A timeline on when they will be phased out was not provided.
The systems fall into three categories: fixed and semi-fixed systems,
mobile mounted systems and handheld dismounted systems, the Army said.
"Each service has each been assigned to sponsor one of those systems,"
Gainey said. "So as we move this forward as a joint approach, we'll
coordinate the future upgrades of these systems and the contracting of
these systems across the Joint Force."
One approved structure within the fixed/semi-fixed category includes the
Army's Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated
Defeat System, known as FS-LIDS.
The Navy, meanwhile has chosen to use the CORIAN, or the Counter-Remote
Control Model Aircraft Integrated Air Defense Network; the Air Force
will use the NINJA system, or Negation of Improvised Non-state Joint
The three, which are interoperable, work to disrupt the radiofrequency
signals between the UAV and its user.
The Army said that the unanimous pick for a mobile mounted anti-drone
system was the Marine Corps-sponsored LMADIS, or Light-Mobile Air
Defense Integrated System, which is a portable jammer. LMADIS has
already seen action on deployment, taking down an Iranian drone in July
For the handheld system, the team chose to sponsor Bal Chatri, a Special
Operations Command-sponsored counterweapon. However, the Drone Buster
and Smart Shooter handheld systems can also be used in the field, the
Officials determined the most compatible C2 architecture system for the
job is the Army's FAAD-C2, or the Forward Area Air Defense Command and
Control. Interoperable systems include the Air Defense System
Integrator, or ADSI, as well as the Air Force's Multi-Environmental
Domain Unmanned Systems Application Command and Control, or MEDUSA.
"Our strategy is to continually improve the current capability we have,"
"We will continue to work with industry to bring these systems to full
maturity or replacement with follow-on enduring solutions," he said.
"Future research, testing and investment decisions on capability
modernization will consider not only the most up-to-date existing
technologies but, more importantly, those new and emerging technologies
currently in development."
-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at ***@military.com. Follow
her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.
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