Army experts narrow field of future counter-UAV systems for the joint force from about 40 to only eight

July 13, 2020
Counter-UAV systems not included in the final selection will be replaced by the approved systems; no timelines, cost estimates, or units yet.

WASHINGTON – Following a U.S. Army-led assessment, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will narrow the number of counter-small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions deployed by the joint force from about 40 to eight. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 July 2020 -- In November, the defense secretary delegated the Army to lead an effort to reduce redundancy in the development and fielding of counter-UAV solutions by the services.

The Army subsequently set up the Joint counter-UAV Office to conduct that assessment, and over the last few months the office has worked to narrow down the dozens of counter-drone systems.

That assessment, which DOD leadership approved, looked at about 40 systems -- 30 the counter-UAV mission. The conclusion: the joint force should move forward with fielding just eight different systems for fixed sites, vehicles, and infantry.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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