The US Army is evaluating UAs in Counter-Conventional Warfare

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The UAs, small drones equipped unmanned aircraft systems, can be controlled remotely and operate autonomously. The US army is looking into the possibility of using these unmanned drones as an alternative for conventional warfare. This article will cover the various unmanned aircraft groups, their capabilities and DoD’s strategy. Find out more about these small-sized drones and the possible uses they might have in the military. Let's first address some common questions regarding this new weapon system.

Silent Archer

The Silent Archer system was created to counter UAS. It can detect and track hostile UAS groups in numbers between one and five. It is compatible with kinetic weapon systems and is sensor-agnostic. It can work with almost all systems and leverage existing SRC system. It is flexible and can be used in multiple configurations, including a portable version that can be used in the field.

Anduril's C-sUAS

Anduril Industries revealed the Ghost 4 autonomous tactical drone. Armed drones are still not widely used. This drone is tougher, more packable, and longer-flying than its predecessor, the Ghost. It is equipped with 32 teraops worth of processing power to help it identify targets and make decisions. In July, the company raised $200 million. It was valued at $1.9 billion. Palmer Luckey is the CEO of Anduril. He was also the founder and CEO of Oculus, a virtual-reality headset maker. Oculus was then sold to Facebook in a $2 billion deal.

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AeroVironment's Puma AE

A small unmanned aircraft system that weighs only 13 pounds has been chosen by the U.S. Army to perform intelligence-gathering missions. This aircraft, the Puma AE, is also used by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveys. AeroVironment announced a series of enhancements for its Puma AE small-unmanned aerial vehicle in the spring. They are currently being produced and will be made available in the first quarter 2014.

DoD's C-sUAS strategy

Recent DoD strategy regarding sUAS calls on a common information-sharing architecture. This architecture will inform C-sUAS's requirements. Next is a thorough testing and evaluation program, which integrates all available capabilities. This will ensure that DoD CsUAS can work safely and efficiently. The strategy also calls for joint investment across all services and the establishment of joint requirements documents. Joint doctrine and concepts will be as important as materiel solutions. They should also include joint approaches to large scale combat and peacetime operations.


The U.S. Army is creating a Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Plotoon (TUAS), that will be used for reconnaissance, and attack missions. These aircraft have been operational since 2010, and will continue to be used by a variety of U.S. military services, as well Special Forces units. These aircraft are capable of providing superior situational awareness as well force protection for ISR operations. The TUAS squadron will be deployed into the Middle East.

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