2023 Author: Bryan Walter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 22:24
The US Army has begun testing a prototype of a promising unmanned aerial vehicle that will be used to protect military bases from other drones. According to Defense News, flight tests of the device will soon begin at the Fort Bliss base in Texas. Their total duration will be about two weeks.
The prototype was developed entirely by army engineers. They took as a basis a drone used by fire support groups. The exact type of apparatus has not been specified. Most likely we are talking about a light small reconnaissance drone RQ-11 Raven. This is the main type of reconnaissance apparatus used by such groups.
The drone uses an additional Venom mast developed by Northrop Grumman. It is responsible for the exchange of data between the drone and the ground post, and also contains a light laser designator. In turn, the engineers included a modified AN / TPQ-50 artillery radar in the ground post.
The modified radar, originally used to detect artillery shells, rockets and mortars, is capable of detecting small aircraft. He is also responsible for transmitting information about the detected objects to the patrolling drone.
How the interception will be carried out is not specified. Information about all detected intruder drones will be transmitted to the system operator, who "will make a decision on the necessary interception measures."