FAST FIVE: US Army Prepares To Test New Anti-Drone BLADE System To Defend Against Drone Swarms

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CROWS tracks targets with several sensors, including a camera and thermal optics.

A successful test occurred earlier this summer at Fort Dix, New Jersey, proved the new system is ready for additional, more rugged field tests against drone swarms.

BLADE is expected to be mounted on M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and Stryker wheeled armored fighting vehicles.

In August of last year, a drone packed with explosives detonated near Avenida Bolívar, Caracas, where Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, was addressing the Bolivarian National Guard.  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unharmed after an assassination attemp by drones – China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 5, 2018 Earlier this year, Houthi rebels used an explosive-packed drone to target Yemen's military leaders at an army parade.  The moment Houthi suicide drone exploding above the dias of the Saudi backed Yemeni army parade: – Carl Zha (@CarlZha) January 10, 2019 Then over the weekend, a highly disruptive small drone attack, claimed by the Houthi rebels, knocked out 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of total Saudi oil output, which equates to about half of their production – causing oil prices across the world to spike.  Massive fires at 2 Saudi Aramco oil facilities caused by drone attacks – Riyadh – RT (@RT_com) September 14, 2019 All of these incidents prove that the rapid proliferation of small drones on the modern battlefields and across the world have created a significant defense gap that companies, corporations, and militaries are rushing to fix.

The solution could be the BLADE.  Tyler Durden Fri, 09/20/2019 – 21:25 Tags War Conflict Politics.

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