US: The US Army has issued a sources sought notice for information that can help in developing an affordable Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS). It wants to assess current capabilities and possible alternatives, as well as get an idea about what a CUAS might cost. US forces will be increasingly threatened by reconnaissance and armed UAVs in the near and far future. Those threats exist at all levels, micro-sized to large UAVs. All levels of detection, decision and defeat should be considered when developing and proposing a capability. The Army wants ideas to cover the spectrum of military operations, from the brigade level and above out to the tactical edge, according to the solicitation.
The Army notes that technologies service the tactical edge could be analogous to those used in the continental United States, where both military and other officials have discussed the potential threat from UAVs and the need for anti-UAV technology. The Naval Postgraduate School has tried fighting fire with fire, testing swarming strategies against UAVs. In its research, NPS used swarms of kite-sized UAVs in organized, defensive measures, the challenge being to have the UAVs work together. “Swarming is the notion of having multiple agents that work in a coordinated manner to achieve some sort of objective. It is relevant in our work here at NPS because with the presence of unmanned systems, we need to start thinking about scenarios where we or an adversary might start using large groups of these unmanned systems in a combined way,” said Dr. Timothy Chung, an NPS assistant professor and director of research and education for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER). The Army now is looking to expand on anti-UAV research, looking for CUAS technologies that could be readily deployed in the field.
Source: Defense systems