Grumpy Old Man
Verified Defense Pro
Sounds good, however if the bad guys are shooting BM’s hardly seems much putting them in international airspace - not like that’s going to stop them getting shot down because they are 12NM off the coast!Another UAS-based approach to BMD that aims to counter the threat during the Boost Phase Intercept window when the missile is most vulnerable. But this will employ kinetic interceptors instead of lasers.
An MIT study describes a scenario where a pair of MQ-9 Reapers use their IR sensors to detect and target BM immediately after launch.The aircraft would be on persistent patrol in international airspace along the hostile country's border and be able to take them out with a notional long-range interceptor ie. NCADE-like missile on steroids.
The article is perfect example to why the US Military is considered to be a bunch of technological fetishistsThis article discusses recent advances in anti-UAV efforts. Apparently EW technology is emerging as a decent solution but other counter UAV weapons will be in the mix as well.
Huh? I don't think the article was saying that at all - simply highlighting the utility of EW as part of the broader picture... one that includes things like M-SHORAD, MML, IBCS and directed energy weapons (for example).The article is perfect example to why the US Military is considered to be a bunch of technological fetishists
Long story short, if they think they are ready to take on an amassed attack of a crapload of cheap drones with EW, they should put that EW system in the middle of a weapons range, attack it with a couple dozen of good old Tomahawks(serving as target drones in this case) and see what happens. Spoiler: nothing good, because the problem at large cannot be solved through simple procurement. This is not possible in principle.