Cheap Hobbyist Drones a Threat for US Military and Defence

Combat drones or unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV)  have existed long before the dawn of hobbyist drones. Combat drones are used for *intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance, and they also carry weapons. As the name implies, *combat drones are used for both drone strikes and battlefield intelligence.

But several incidents have shown how cheap hobbyist drones are a threat for the US military and defence.

Despite the US being the pioneer in the use of large killer drones for its global war on terror, it is limited in its capabilities to defend against, or even identify, smaller weaponised drones. It is these cheap, small, low-tech enemy drones that are fast becoming one of the most significant threats facing America’s military. – Read more here  

Small, cheap drones are the most-concerning new tactical threat to face the U.S. military since the rise of improvised explosive devices in Iraq some 15 years ago, according to the head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. Because of such threats, […] the Air Force is developing a high-powered microwave weapon to defeat groups of drones with a system made up of a radar dish and microwave cannon mounted atop a 20-foot shipping container. – Read more

Meanwhile, here are the top drones/technology for the military and defence in 2022:

  • Parrot ANAFI USA – lightweight and data-secured, suitable for recce operations even in harsh weather conditions
  • Sky-Hero Loki Mk2 – an internal tactical drone, with built-in night vision camera
  • Typhon Distraction Payload – a non-lethal payload that can be connected to both the Sky-Hero Loki Mk2 and Parrot ANAFI USA
  • Typhon DS-100 GMOE – lightweight with 140grams and can be clipped to the underside of the Loki Mk2, it will change the way the tactical entry is conducted by special operations forces.
  • DJI Matrice 300 RTK – has a 55-minute flight time and can fly in adverse weather conditions
  • Read more about these here

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