The US army is hastily looking for means to counter drones

The US Army is looking for ways to counter the threats that drones carry on the battlefield, writes the American resource Defense News. The original post was titled US Army air defense planners take on rising drone threats.

Army commanders are sounding the alarm - based on observations of what is happening in Ukraine, where the Russian military uses drones for reconnaissance, targeting and actual attack - that countering all this must be at the forefront, and a comprehensive set of tools is needed to combat threats

- the article says.

Some protection measures are planned to be taken immediately. Others require time, resources and a more integrated approach. In particular, we are talking about a new air defense system, in the planning of which the threats indicated in Defense News will already be taken into account.

The article states that adequate means of destruction have not yet been invented for small drones. Obviously, the Stinger is not capable of becoming such a tool, and even more so, something like the Patriot.

There is an organization called the Rapid Capability and Critical Technologies Office working on solutions to counter drones, including directed beams of energy and powerful microwave attacks.

- says the publication.

It is also noted that "organizations involved in coordinating action against UAVs recognize that there is no universal remedy for solving the problem."

Commenting on the publication, it is worth noting a certain paradoxical situation. Unmanned aerial vehicles have been used by the US military for decades both for reconnaissance and for attacking the enemy. However, in order to protect their own forces from such activities, the Americans have reached only now.

It is also somewhat strange to speak of some novelty of the task of intercepting enemy UAVs, since the United States faced this task even during its stay in Afghanistan. Then, for the defense of the bases, the ground-based version of the Phalanx ship anti-aircraft installation was used. Later, these guns were also used in Iraq. There is no reliable information about the effectiveness of these complexes on land.

Information periodically appearing in the media and blogs about the possible dispatch of the ground-based Phalanx system was also not confirmed.
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  1. Sergei Fonov Offline Sergei Fonov
    Sergei Fonov (sergey fonov) 2 December 2022 19: 28
    Apparently, this is true for many armies of the world, if not for all, the price of resolving the issue should not be much higher than the price of UAV production.
    1. passing by Offline passing by
      passing by (passing by) 2 December 2022 19: 47
      What should air defense be made of so that it is not much more expensive than a UAV glued and foam on the knee? from machine guns to shoot at geraniums? laughing and if the motor is put electric so that it rumbles less? a drone the size of a fist can do business.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 December 2022 21: 11
    Yes, judging by the articles on near-military sites, ALL real armies are looking for this ....
  3. Igor_E Offline Igor_E
    Igor_E (Igor) 2 December 2022 21: 33
    The USA is already close to the goal. A few months ago there was news on this topic. Quote.

    A representative of the corporation told National Defense magazine about the successful testing of 30x133 mm dual-use high-explosive fragmentation cartridges for the M230LF Bushmaster machine gun. The ammunition is equipped with a small sensor that detects drones, then an explosion occurs, with the drone being damaged by shrapnel, rather than a direct hit by a projectile.

    The company is keeping exactly how the new round works under wraps, but according to a Northrop Grumman spokesman, the RF sensor inside each round is based on sensing technology "that has been around for decades." Currently, new cartridges have already begun to enter service with the US Army.

    In addition to being highly effective against small drones, the new munition is said to be unique in that its cost is several times lower than other systems for destroying UAVs. For automatic targeting, a special ACE program is used, but, as a representative of the developer company emphasized, the M230LF Bushmaster cartridge and machine gun can work with any guidance system.
  4. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 2 December 2022 21: 48
    The drone is made of plastic, the explosives are plastic, the battery is plastic, the motors are electric. There is a minimum of metal, no noise, no radiating heat, no electromagnetic radiation, it is not visible on the locator, it flies at low altitude at night and carries 10 kg of plastic explosives. How to detect it??? This is a problem for all countries. Now there is a problem in the energy intensity of the battery per kg of weight (W h / kg). An internal combustion engine with a silencer will also do.
  5. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 2 December 2022 22: 52
    You can try an underbarrel grenade with a detonation from a radio fuse that reacts to close radiation from a drone. But this is only in line of sight.
    But it lies in your pocket, and does not require any additional devices.
    1. passing by Offline passing by
      passing by (passing by) 3 December 2022 03: 39
      and this is the topic laughing just not in your pocket, but around your neck and hand it out to every Ukrainian. so that they were even afraid to approach the refrigerator with a microwave ... you never know what laughing And Chukovsky's fairy tale "telephone" turns into a horror wassat
      1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 3 December 2022 13: 31
        The radio fuse is activated as a result of a shot, when an ampoule with acid for a power source breaks in it.
        Prior to that, it is de-energized and safe, otherwise the anti-aircraft gunners and artillerymen would be afraid to come close to the BC.
  6. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 22 December 2022 03: 08
    Today, the United States decided to officially supply weapons worth 1,8 billion dollars. Deliveries include Patriots. In principle, these systems are slightly better, or maybe there are no S-300 systems. For Russia, this does not play a significant role. But, these systems are in the USA and Europe against our nuclear missiles such as Satan, Topol, Yars ... Naturally, for specialists it will be of interest to observe them. The cost of one missile of this system is $4 million. Against Geranium 2, which costs $2000, it's too wasteful.