Military Review

The American army is looking for new technologies to combat drones, including their “swarms”

The American army is looking for new technologies to combat drones, including their “swarms”

As two military conflicts, Ukrainian and Palestinian-Israeli, have already shown, Drones constitute an extremely important segment of equipment and combat operations in a modern army.

Strategy to combat drones was a key theme at this year's Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in the US ahead of the Army challenging industry to find ways to destroy dozens of UAVs simultaneously.

In June 2024, the Army Innovation Team tasked with pioneering ways to defend the Pentagon against small drones is planning an ambitious new demonstration, challenging manufacturers to find a way to counter an organized group of 50 flying drones - that is, counter a swarm of drones.

To counter the threat of small UAVs, industry players from large companies to small businesses have come up with solutions including weapon, wireless networks and lasers.

The US Department of Defense conventionally divides all drones into five different groups. This gradation in order of increasing size and functionality looks like this: group 1 represents the smallest drones, and group 5 represents the largest, such as the MQ-9 Reaper.

We found the 30mm cannon to be very effective against small UAVs

said JCO Director Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, pointing to technologies such as the Army's "proprietary" Coyote interceptor and Lockheed Martin's MORFIUS system, which ignites drone electronics with microwaves.

Some units have already begun equipping troops with portable electronic warfare capabilities against drones, Gainey said.

During AUSA, large companies such as the UK's BAE advertised modifications to their own platforms. A 30 mm cannon can be mounted on a rail mounted on the top of an armored multi-purpose vehicle, along with other military equipment.

Smaller vendors such as Dedrone have also introduced their own anti-drone solutions. In Dedrone's case, the company integrates third-party hardware with its own software. In addition, the firm also creates its own technologies, such as radio frequency sensors to detect incoming threats.

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, regularly additional information about the special operation in Ukraine, a large amount of information, videos, something that does not fall on the site:

Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 26 October 2023 07: 42
    As two military conflicts have already shown, Ukrainian and Palestinian-Israeli...
    And before that, the conflict in Karabakh in 2020, where Azerbaijan actively began to use Turkish, Israeli and other UAVs, to the point of converting the An-2 into “kamikaze” ones. Therefore, against the background of these conflicts, the fight against UAVs is perceived as a necessary part in defense measures. It is not for nothing that this topic became a key topic at the conference in the United States.
    1. Myths
      Myths 26 October 2023 08: 30
      While they used them, including bombing the defenseless, they did not care about the methods of struggle. And when they realized that the answer might arrive, they immediately started thinking, which is logical in principle. Another version of the arms race.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 26 October 2023 07: 43
    The American army is looking for new technologies to combat drones, including their “swarms”
    . So everyone who can has thought about this and is looking for ways.
    Now, who and what exactly will find, create and be able to apply??? He will be great!
  3. ism_ek
    ism_ek 26 October 2023 07: 53
    The so-called "Drone Swarm" is the distant future. To manage it, they need advanced artificial intelligence systems, which performed very poorly during the SVO. So far, AI cannot replace the operator in any way. It can help the operator, but will not replace it.
    When such systems appear, then it will be possible to discuss them. Let Americans spend money on useless toys, we don't need that.
    1. Disant
      Disant 26 October 2023 10: 29
      To manage it, advanced artificial intelligence systems are needed, which performed very poorly during the SVO
      Has the world already created artificial intelligence? Yes, he also managed to establish himself poorly in the Northern Military District? what a parasite!
      We need to meet more often! drinks
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 26 October 2023 11: 02
        “Has artificial intelligence already been created in the world?”///
        Not only created, but actively used in many areas of science and technology.
        AI is responsible for discoveries in fundamental sciences: physics and chemistry.
        And without software development account.

        AI is specialized self-learning software.
    2. Alex100
      Alex100 26 October 2023 12: 12
      Swarms of drones already exist and fly. There are videos of demonstration flights of such swarms on YouTube (Emirates, China). And the number of drones in such a swarm is several dozen. A fascinating sight. I think developments are already underway to use swarms for military purposes.
  4. Svetlana
    Svetlana 26 October 2023 08: 18
    Everyone is looking. Not just Americans. But unlike Americans, who have advertising in their blood, other countries do it behind closed doors.
  5. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 26 October 2023 10: 25
    Quote: rotmistr60
    And before that, the conflict in Karabakh in 2020, where Azerbaijan actively began to use Turkish, Israeli, etc.

    And before that, they were hit by North Korean mini drones that were flying over Seoul back in 2010-2014. Then they were successfully used by the Islamic State, and after them by the Houthis in Yemen.
    But the first information about the adaptation of civilian minidrones for military purposes came from South Korea and related to North Korean drones.