US Military and LE Agencies Looking to Counter the Threat of Drone Use by Terrorists

It’s no secret that the US has made extremely good use of drones in all different types of threat situations around the world. Drones have sent a message to leaders of such groups as the Taliban and ISIS that they are never safe from attack no matter where they hide. They have also proven to be a cheap and effective asset in support of other country’s anti-terrorist actions such as in Yemen and the Philippines too. The only problem is that all this drone use has made terrorist organizations and other country’s military also take notice of the potential that drone use has as a weapon. Because of this, the US Military, US Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies across the country have had to look for ways to counter this potential threat.

I mentioned in an article recently that the some 400,000 drones are estimated to soon be in use in the USA and had the potential to become airborne IED’s that terrorists can use in attacks. It is a real possibility as drones become easy to purchase and can fly silently almost anywhere undetected. If one can accidentally end up on the White House lawn undetected, you would think it can just as easily wind up on the White House roof on purpose. Incidents like the numerous mysterious drone sightings over Paris last year highlight how ill-equipped both military and civilian agencies are to handle potential drone threats.

Drone HoveringSo, how exactly do you stop enemy or terrorist drones from doing harm? Several companies across the world are working on solutions to this very problem right now. Homeland Security and the Pentagon have become increasingly interested in a product developed by a technology company called ‘Battelle.’ They have designed a ‘drone zapper’ of sorts that they call the “DroneDefender.” It is a fairly portable device that weighs only 15 pounds and consists of a rifle like wand connected to a backpack for power. It works by disrupting the communication between a drone operator and the drone itself as it flies. It also has the capacity to shut down any GPS links that the drone uses for navigation. It has an effective radius of roughly 400 meters at the moment.

An Italian company called ‘Selex’ is also working on a drone killing solution of their own too. They are developing a system they call “Falcon Shield.” This drone defense system combines radar, optical sensors, electronic surveillance and other means to identify, attack and then eliminate rogue drones. It is best used in situations where its fully integrated systems can protect a wide area (such as populated urban areas or large military bases) from potential drone threats.

There is no doubt about it that these systems and others in the works are badly needed to counter the potential threat that drone use poses from both opposing militaries and terrorist organizations.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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