Drone Defenders in use with U.S. Army

This image was captured by U.S. Army soldiers on post outside Mosul, Iraq and ran in Stripes. A seemingly very uninteresting image apart from the Drone Defender propped up against the concrete wall. Due to Daesh’s increasingly lethal use of drones not just for surveillance/forward observation capabilities but also dropping lethal payloads on Iraqi forces, it appears the the U.S. Army has taken this threat very seriously and is deploying purchased Drone Defenders, mounted on an AR lower receiver. I suspect that warfare is slowly going to take a huge step in the drone direction, not just for conventional usage, but also with irregular asymmetrical usage by such terrorist and insurgent groups worldwide. This is mostly due to the ease of purchase and manufacturing of drones, which also ties into the world wide proliferation of cheaper and higher quality electronic equipment. Daesh’s use of drones would have been unheard of among previous insurgent groups a decade ago, but not it is of enough concern that the U.S. Army is employing these Drone Defenders among soldiers standing post.

An excellent example of the attacks that Daesh is currently carrying out can be seen through this propaganda video. One element we need to take into consideration is that although this video is displaying good effects on target, this is representative of perhaps only the successful attacks with drones the group is carrying out, and isn’t showing the amount of attacks that were unsuccessful. Which is a large amount according to sources in Iraq.

This is some footage taken of U.S. troops training with the Drone Defender in the United States.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • Quest

    We need mobile micro CRAM, with automatic sky control, alarm signal when something is detected – and threat neutralisation.

    Does something like this exit, or is worked on?

    • Devil_Doc

      US military has had a scaled down CWIS/CRAM for years. They use them to shoot down mortar rounds around sensitive installations. I can’t imagine it would be harder to shoot a drone over a mortar round, except tracking a mostly plastic drone might be problematic..

    • n0truscotsman

      Its a 50mm auto cannon system with airburst capability.

      https://www.army.mil/article/156634/Army_engineers_demonstrate_anti_drone_technology

  • Juggernaut

    That footage is fake.

    • Quest

      Could be but, whats your Sources?

      • Juggernaut

        Lack of flash explosion, cratering.

        • B-Sabre

          The bombs are converted GP-30 40mm grenades with what look molded or printed tail fit assemblies added. There’s not going to be a lot of flash or cratering from that.

        • Quest

          As BSabre said, these are 40mm grenades which rely on FRAGMENTS to wound not a big flashy shockwave…

          Frag grenades have verry verry little flash, also “flash” is so short, that on a small camera which low fps capturing rate its verry likly to not get catched, and from that distance with bright sunlight even less…

          So bring real sources.

    • Blake

      How exactly are you arriving at this conclusion?

      • Ebby123

        Look closely. Its C-grade animation. Likely from a videogame engine

        • b0x3r0ck

          If this is C-grade animation then the entire video game industry is over paid. Even in AAA video game titles don’t put in this much effort or detail.

          • shooter2009

            I’m a UAS pilot for a government agency with 5 years of experience flying the Aerovironment Puma, the DJI Inspire, and the Aeryon SkyRanger.

            I agree…the footage is faked.

            For example, the composition of the aircraft shown at the beginning of the video with solar cells on it is different from other representations.

            The underside shot is also suspect as there would need to to be a camera positioned on the front, looking back, and there wasn’t. This is clearly shown as a fixed wing UAS, yet the “footage” of the drops show a perspective of a hovering aircraft.

            Lastly, that type of aircraft would not be able to carry the weight of the munitions necessary to create that kind of damage.

            Bottom line…propaganda via faked video.

          • Quest

            The edited in red targeting effects are, -but the people beeing hit and run away…? wtf…? The IS would need to ask Iraqi forces to play beeing wounded and filmed during it…. , senceless.

            And “not carry the weight” most of the 40mm grenades are listed at just -+ 0,5 lb

          • b0x3r0ck

            The only thing you proved is that the drone in the video is not the drone that carried out the attacks(I was scared that ISIS had a super drone bomber). Not that the video itself is fake. Sure there are parts to the video which was added on like the bomb dropping or the next gen targeting system. But other than that the rest of it is real video.

          • Ebby123

            Look at the “grenade” when its first launched – its completely pixelated and cartoonish.

  • PistolPete037

    And here I was thinking that air defense was a dead art in the US Army.

  • Are you sure that isn’t a T-21 Light Repeating Blaster?

  • Ranger Rick

    When will we have drone on drone aerial combat for low level tactical air superiority? And will drone operators/pilots be eligible for “ace” status?

    • b0x3r0ck

      Drone vs drone air combat could happen but on this scale there most likely won’t be pilots. The drone operator will most likely set the drones patrol path and drone engages enemy target as they come across them. Because air space has far less variable to deal with the military can just setup a system to shot down anything that flies(they might have to filter out birds).

      • Ranger Rick

        Yeah, killing all the birds would not be cool.

    • Kill Hill: Volume 1

      Well, until then, we can watch the new Papa John’s pizza commercial showing pizza delivery via drone.

      Funniest commercial I’ve seen in a long time!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I’m just glad that that video from the Islamic State is muted. Jihadist nasheed music is like nails on a chalkboard.