US. Military Drone Detection and Take-down Challenge

US. Military Drone Detection and Take-down Challenge

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Commanders Challenge to determine the best counter UAS strategy. December 2016, 6 bases among the U.S. Air Force competed.

The teams were tasked to come up with innovative ideas for countering threats from small UAV/drones. Various solutions for drone detection, tracking, and take-down were implemented.

More information on drone detect and take-down systems:

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a scientific research organization operated by the United States Air Force Materiel Command dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies, planning and executing the Air Force science and technology program, and provide warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces.

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  1. Troll McClure on August 9, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    bravo, it’s much more expensive and taxpayer unfriendly than a simple radar and a shotgun.

  2. SirenHound on August 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I didn’t see any US military drones being taken down. They all looked like consumer drones to me.

  3. DMT Radar Systems on August 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    We have a UAS detection solution using Doppler-processing-based technology. We’ve been using Doppler for years on our security radars, but with the rise in drones we’ve built a new radar model – the Black Marlin – to assist in C-UAS. You can see a demo operation on our channel (drone cam, mounted thermal cam, GPS tracking and radar interface are all synchronized).

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