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Military trying to figure out how to stop drones used as IEDs

How do we stop drones potentially used as IEDs?

By Michael Hatamoto from Jul 28, 2015 @ 16:30 CDT

US military officials are increasingly concerned about small drones being used as flying improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that can be used against civilians and military personnel.

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To help defend against future threats, the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system is being developed, a gun-based solution that could be used to down drones. However, it is extremely difficult to quickly identify and engage drones:

"In addition, due to their size, construction material, and flight altitude, hobbyist drones are difficult to defend against if their presence in a particular area is unknown or expected," said Kelley Sayler, associate fellow at the Center for a New American Security, in a recent paper.

"These factors could in turn increase the likelihood that hobbyist drones - particularly those assembled by the operator, and thus not subject to manufacturer-installed geofencing - could be weaponized and autonomously deployed in a terrorist attack against civilians or in an IED-like capacity against patrolling military personnel."

Citizens are interfering with airport airspace, and a drone even crashed on the White House lawn, revealing how serious this problem is. Security experts caution it wouldn't take much to turn a consumer drone into a flying bomb that is able to cause potentially serious damage.

NEWS SOURCES:Defensesystems.com, Army.mil, Armaholic.com


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