Air Force Wants a Portable System to Counter Small Drones

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January 13, 2016 | Source: Defense Systems, defensesystems.com, 6 January 2016, Mark Pomerleau

The Air Force in now jumping into the counter-drone game, following other service branches such as the Army as well as civilian agencies that include the Bureau of Prisons, to combat potentially dangerous, expendable aerial bombs deliver by small unmanned aerial systems.

The Air Force is looking for  three types of systems to counter small UAS—which the service also termed “personal drones”—that include detecting, identifying and defeating, with a special emphasis on defeating the aircraft, the Air Force’s solicitation notice stated.

In addition to requiring the system to be portable—which the Air Force describes as a small handheld component less than 54 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches that can be detached by a single operator and weigh less than 40 pounds—the notice also outlines specifications on how incoming undesirable UASs should be defeated.