U.S. Army Begins Testing New BLADE Counter-Drone System

The ballistic, low-altitude drone engagement (BLADE) prototype mounted on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle (photo:  Marian Popescu).

The ballistic, low-altitude drone engagement (BLADE) prototype mounted on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle (photo: Marian Popescu).

September 24, 2019 | Source: Defense Blog, defence-blog.com, 16 September 2019

The U.S. Army has begun testing the newest ballistic, Low-Altitude Drone Engagement, or BLADE, prototypes mounted on a Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle, according to a recent U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center news release.

The BLADE can detect, track, identify, and take down drones with electronic attack, according to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center. It is a set of enabling technologies integrated with an armament system to defeat smaller unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at close ranges, which includes the distance a Soldier can see a UAS without using binoculars. Its intuitive interface makes the BLADE easy for Soldiers to use.


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