Darpa has developed a mobile vehicle to launch a strange flying tube which is used to project coils on the propellers of drones to neutralize them.
The US military is wary of the use ofand already knows that it would be difficult to resist a swarm of without the help of a powerful AI. For the American soldiers, this threat coming from the sky is also problematic for the security of sensitive military convoys and in particular when they operate in urbanized areas. La Darpa, the military research agency, has found a solution to neutralize one or more drones targeting a convoy without using an explosive defensive weapon. The main idea is to avoid collateral damage to the vehicles of the convoy and the people in the vicinity. And for this, the agency relies on a detection and interception system contained in a fast military vehicle. He the program name (Mobile Force Protection) and has just been tested at Eglin Air Force Base in the United States.
The flying tube with the neutralization system is launched from the vehicle carrying the powerful drone identification radar. © Darpa
To protect a convoy without causing injuries
The equipment is equipped with a detection system associated with a process allowing the drone to be physically neutralized, without causing it to explode. To detect and identify the intentions of a drone, it is a powerfulX-band, in other words Supra High Frequency (SHF), which is at work. He is backed by an artificial intelligence that monitors targets in real time and launches a new neutralization system to their kits.
In the form of a tube, this is propelled like aand is maintained in flight thanks to propellers. He can then get closer to his target and throw at it what looks like festive streamers, the party less, since they come to wind up in the drone’s propellers to stop it dead. If that is not enough, another system can bring it down. For the latter, the Darpa does not specify what it is. The advantage is that it is possible to reuse this flying tube. This set, spectacular on the test video, would also be cheaper according to Darpa.