US Military's new anti-drone gun blasts UAVs from a kilometer away

US Army's new anti-drone gun blasts UAVs from a kilometer away

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey efficiently concluded an indication of its new anti-UAV platform just lately by, you guessed it, blowing a pair of airborne drones clear out of the sky from a kilometer away. Nevertheless, in contrast to different anti-drone weapons just like the Phalanx or C-RAM methods which throw partitions of scorching, explosive lead at incoming threats; or the laser-based mostly HEL-MD, this new weapon takes a extra previous-faculty strategy: numerous huge friggin’ bullets.

The as-of-but unnamed weapon was developed as a part of the Military’s Enhanced Space Safety and Survivability (EAPS) Know-how Goal on the U.S. Military Analysis, Improvement and Engineering Middle. As such, it has been briefly dubbed the EAPS ARDEC gun. It employs a pair of 50mm Bushmaster cannons mounted atop a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT). These batteries hearth 10-spherical bursts of unpowered metal projectiles wrapped in a tantalum-tungsten alloy liner that shred inbound UAVs, mortars and rockets.

US Army's new anti-drone gun blasts UAVs from a kilometer away

Every projectile might be passively steered whereas in flight utilizing a radar command sign to make sure that it hits. “With a purpose to reduce the electronics on board the interceptor and to make it cheaper, all of the ‘smarts’ are principally finished on the bottom station,” EAPS undertaking officer Manfredi Luciano stated in a press release. “The computations are executed on the bottom, and the radio frequency sends the knowledge as much as the spherical.”

The ultimate demonstration occurred on August 19 on the Yuma Proving Floor in Arizona. In the course of the demo, the system shot down two Griffon Outlaw drones. The gun continues to be in its prototyping stage although ARDEC is wanting into adapting the know-how into future weapons methods.

[Image Credit: American Photo Archive / Alamy]

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