A Look at Northrop Grumman’s Anti-UAV Defense System on Sale to the US Military
The government and the defense industry is working hard to develop anti-drone technology to keep up with the threats posed by drones, from the large and expensive types launched from airports to the small and inexpensive quadrocopters smaller than many birds. So far, however, there is no perfect technology. Northrop Grumman’s AUDS (Anti-UAV Defense System) works around this problem by integrating several anti-drone measures. The first is through simple firepower; a massive chaingun that can tear apart almost anything in its sights. But when there is a risk of hitting something or someone behind flying target, bullets can be too risky. Electric signals that jam drone operation can then serve as an appropriate counter-measure in these cases. Thus, the AUDS integrates both tools into a single anti-drone weapons system that can take down a drone either way. It’s electronic systems also enable it to locate the point from which the drone is being controlled, and thus providing coordinates for artillery or airstrikes. In the military, the Air Force is using static versions of the system for base defense, while the Army is looking into mounting the weapons onto Stryker armored vehicles that are already able to be equipped with anti-aircraft missiles.