“Theater has questioned for a remedy, so we are wanting at what we can utilize as an interim remedy,” Col. John Lanier Ward, director Military Swift Equipping Force, told Scout Warrior.

The Military is accelerating development of new electronic warfare counter-drone technology to fulfill quickly-rising drone threats in battle.

ISIS and other probable U.S. rivals have swiftly designed use of out there commercial modest drone technology for each reconnaissance and assaults.  U.S. forces, in turn, are searching for extra elaborate and efficient counter-drone measures, and are wanting to electronic warfare methods to, between other items, demolish minimal-traveling drones.

By Kris Osborn

The Army’s Swift Equipping Force and its Software Executive Workplace Missile and Room are at the moment working with industry to assess developmental prototypes and out there systems to quickly-observe EW weapons in response to an urgent request from U.S. Central Command.

“Theater has questioned for a remedy, so we are wanting at what we can utilize as an interim remedy,” Col. John Lanier Ward, director Military Swift Equipping Force, told Scout Warrior.

CACI, an industry tech developer that by now has various operational new EW units, is now pioneering a guy-packable weapon ready to give dismounted soldiers the means to detect, id and demolish attack drones.

This program, identified as BITS Digital Assault Module (BEAM), can lock onto the certain frequency of a close by enemy drone and, applying a handheld product, geolocate and jam or demolish the attack.

Most current EW jammers use a wider jamming sign across a array of frequencies, whereas BEAM is configured to detect a particular one frequency utilised by an attacking drone – a remedy specially suited for urban or extra populated battle locations.

This technology was a short while ago utilised to demolish modest quadcopter drones in the course of an Military-industry test at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.

“A crude jammer may well be Ok in the desert. Our technology is ready to discern one frequency from a further. It is constructed to bring that sign in and match it up with what we have in our library,” CACI Senior Software Manager Jared Salazar told Scout Warrior in an interview.  “If you are in an setting that by now has communications units, you do not want to jam almost everything and perhaps get out your have communications.”

Although a lot of of the information of this technology are not out there for public dialogue, Salazar did say the program uses application-outlined radio, RF apps and a process recognized as Time Distance of Arrival (TDOA).

Also, by applying a extra targeted and pinpointed detection technology, BEAM is ready to demolish enemy drones with out emitting a sign so substantial that it offers absent the placement or stage of origin, stated Jerry Parker, CACI’s senior vice president for EW.

“With our RF-centered units we glance for particular units in the air, so we are not just tracking almost everything in the setting,” Salazar included. “We exclusively glance for drones.”

Salazar did say the program uses passive detection and does have specific mitigation strategies

which are not out there for dialogue. The targeted character of the detection program developments the technology beyond most current radar detection apps, which can have problem identifying minimal-traveling drones and separating them from encompassing alerts, he defined.

fWhen running BEAM, soldiers use a modest handheld product these as an android smartphone-like program, to identify a certain enemy drone danger. The technology is ready to distinguish “blue” or welcoming drones from types that are an enemy danger, Salazar stated.   

BEAM makes use of high bandwidth waveforms as element of an extendable advert hoc relay mesh network to detect a certain form of drone and identify no matter if there is a handset close by.

“It uses wave relays in between just about every backpack. We have created the program to find these particular frequencies, and when we do a mitigation approach, it is on all those particular frequencies,” he stated.

CACI also has operational vehicle-mounted and forward running foundation apps of the technology, some of which are by now in use.

Prototypes of the vehicle or ship-mounted variant, identified as Cellular Autonomous Counter-UAS Exploitation (MACE), are now staying assessed by each Military and Navy builders. CACI is at the moment hardening MACE prototypes and plans to have a deployable program by next June.

“Also, the Navy would like it for ships and the Coastline Guard is wanting at it for modest boats for littoral protection,” Salazar stated.

— Kris Osborn can be arrived at at krisosborn.ko@gmail.com —



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