A 1st security forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Soldier makes use of a Drone Defender to capture and control a drone as a flying, Mar. 6, 2018. The Drone Defender uses an electromagnetic pulse to disable the target and has a range of 600 metres. (U. S. Army photo by Mr. Brent Thacker)
The U.S. Army wants an airborne microwave gun can take down drones.
The Army is planning to purchase a Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Lockheed Martin with the goal to “field Them with payloads in a state of denial opponent UAS,” the Army said in its request notice.
In other words, the Army wants to disable or destroy a drone with an airborne microwave beam.
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The Counter UAS is based on the intellectual property rights of Lockheed Martin, the development and delivery of the system, the Army said in the message.
Lockheed Martin has a long history of development, directed energy systems. The company has developed laser weapon systems, radio frequency and other directed energy technologies for air, ground and sea, according to its oriented energy web page.
Going forward, the focus for these systems is to improve the accuracy, the mobility, the size, the weight and the power, cooling, and minimal collateral damage, according to Lockheed Martin.
This comes in the wake of the alleged drone-attack against the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month. The attack appears to have been carried out by drones carrying explosives. The drones reportedly, while he spoke at a military ceremony in Caracas.
A few of the hexacopter (six-rotor) drones appeared, the implementation of the explosives, according to a report in Bellingcat.