Weaponizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Advanced Drone Technology
Advanced Drone Technology (Source: JBSA, https://www.jbsa.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2001681871/).

Posted on October 14, 2020 | Completed on June 18, 2020 | By: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)

What group 1 and 2 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are marketed and/or designed for weapons deployment?

DSIAC was tasked with determining different methods that have been employed to weaponize group 1 and 2 UASs. Through open-source news articles and publications, DSIAC compiled various methods of mounting guns, launchers, and munitions to drones, as well as different efforts to advance loitering munition technologies. While some of the technologies were either developed or funded by the U.S. military, many of the technologies and modifications came from either nations or nonstate actors actively engaged in modern warfare tactics overseas. The evolving, small UAS technologies are used for precision strike, ground support, surveillance, and counter-UAS missions.

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