Category SYSTEMS

Apache-Drone Combo to have More Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the U.S. Military

The Textron Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has recently hit an operational milestone, becoming the first of the U.S. Army’s mid-range (or Group III) drones to fly one million hours. The aircraft have been clocking in some serious hours in Iraq, working in tandem with Apache attack helicopters in the fight against ISIS.

So far, the teams have been doing “very well.”


“We are starting our after-action reviews with them, from an Apache standpoint and a Shadow standpoint,” said. Lt. Col. Tory Burgess. “The information that we’re getting back is that the Shadows performed very well.”

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Compared to the $5 million Predator or the (larger) $13 million Reaper, the 467 pound, 500 watt Shadow, introduced in 1999, is smaller and less expensive...

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You Don’t Need to Shoot Down a Drone to Destroy It any longer

Drones can be fun to fly, but they’re also a headache for security. Drones are flying spies, poking their nose in sensitive areas, and there are rising concerns they could be used as flying improvised explosive devices (IEDs.)

Small, nimble, and fast, drones are hard to shoot down. Even then, shooting at a drone with a weapon presents a problem—missed shots can endanger the public.

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Enter the Blighter Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS). The Blighter works by severing the invisible tether of radio frequency commands that connects the drone with its operator. Cut the tether and the drone can no longer receive commands. The drone will fall out of the sky or fly on until it crashes.

Blighter consists of three pieces of equipment. The first, an air security radar, scans for incoming drones...

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