Homeland Security Network Blog
The information source for first responders.
Drone Swarms Are A Big Threat To Infantry
The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) that operate without a human pilot has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units. Although the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are developing tactics and systems to counter single sUASs, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasizes the need for developing countermeasures against multiple sUASs – organized in coordinated groups, swarms, and collaborative groups – which could be used much sooner than the Army anticipates.
The committee that conducted the study developed a classified report that details its findings and recommendations, along with an unclassified public version that discusses key background issues presented in this news release, according to spacewar.com.
“Hobby drones are easy to buy, their performance is improving dramatically, and their cost has dropped significantly; now with millions of them around the world, they pose a growing to the U.S. warfighting forces if used for nefarious intents,” said Albert Sciarretta, president of CNS Technologies and chair of the committee. “The threats could be consumer items like hobby drones, modified consumer items such as could be assembled with online components, and customized ones, like built-from-scratch aircraft.”
Read more: https://i-hls.com/archives/81933