Mismatch between us and UAV operational planning is not matched with UAV speed.

Mismatch between us and UAV operational planning is not matched with UAV speed.

Recent studies have shown that the US land camp and the following units do not have the ability to defeat UAVs, and the current planning can not keep pace with the speed of scientific and technological development.

Back view

In 2016, the United States Army Research Office asked the National Academy of science, engineering and medicine to assess the combat capability of anti UAVs on its battalion and below units, and earlier this year the report pointed out the major technical gaps and threats in the field. The report says the time frame of the army is seriously out of step with the rapidly developing single (small unmanned aerial system) and the UAV marshalling operational capability. Most of the UAV work currently in service is mainly concentrated on heavy vehicle platforms or fixed positions, which makes the smaller units most likely to be threatened with greater threat first.

Current situation and deficiency

U. S. Army spokesman, major Chris Ofadt, said the army will continue to seek this new threat based combat capability when the bulk of the portable anti UAVs system has been deployed. At the same time, the army is also seeking other ways to defeat UAVs.

The future Army's anti UAV system will include all kinds of potential platforms, including fixed, mobile, individual carrier and other combat capabilities. The army and other departments have invested much money in anti UAVs technology, focusing on radio frequency transmission and global positioning system (GPS) signals for reconnaissance of individual minitype UAVs. But today's commercial and customized small UAV marshalling has begun to operate without radio frequency connections (such as control and command), and can also use automatic target recognition, tracking, obstacle avoidance and other software support capabilities to replace traditional radio frequency transmission (RF) and GPS. He did not disclose more details of the army's response, saying that "it contains a variety of operational capabilities to detect, identify and defeat enemy UAVs."

Personnel training

Last month, the army opened a new school in ban Ning, Georgia, to familiarize students with the basic situation of small UAVs. Both fixed wing UAVs and small UAV helicopters are used by trainees. Learn defensive tactics, such as using dispersed concealment tactics to reduce casualties caused by UAV coordinated fire. Even recruits can think about how to deal with the threat of UAV through this guiding strategy.


When asked about the military's anti UAVs tactics, the response to UAVs bees and the ability to cooperate with unmanned aircraft, he responded that the military's anti UAV strategy includes "a variety of ways" to detect, identify and defeat "enemy UAVs". The report emphasizes that "a variety of methods" will be the fastest in 2025. It's more common.

The report urges the army to adjust the timetable that matches the technology development, and the current timetable is underestimated compared to the rapid upgrading of software, hardware and unmanned aerial vehicles. The current time frame plan is from the present to the short term planning in 2025, the medium-term plan for 2026~2035, and the long-term plan for 2036~2050. This arrangement is reasonable for vehicle purchase, but it is obviously inappropriate in the field of UAV. The report is a short-term plan for 1~2. The medium-term plan is 3~5, while the remote UAV technology is 6~8. The authors pointed out that the progress of science and technology is so fast that it is impossible to predict the combat capability of UAV after 8 years. (authorship: Defense Science and technology important news / Chen Pei)

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