28 Feb '18, 12pm

Army Aims its Counter-Drone Effort at Larger Threats

Army Aims its Counter-Drone Effort at Larger Threats

The U.S. Army has shifted its counter-drone effort from handheld weapons, designed to disable small, explosive-laden unmanned aerial systems, to larger, more sophisticated weapons, capable of defending bases from large-scale attack, the director of the Army's Rapid Equipping Force said. Since the REF began working on counter-UAS efforts in early 2016, the office has had some success fielding systems such as Battelle's DroneDefender, which can be aimed like a rifle, and Radio Hill Technologies' radar gun-like Dronebuster, to help units prevent commercial-style drones from attacking with homemade bombs. These handheld systems are a "move in the right direction," Col. Lanier Ward, the outgoing director of the REF, told defense reporters Tuesday. Ward added, though, that the technologies are designed to counter "smaller quadcopters and those type things -- not for the larger-s...

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